Abstracts: June 22nd, 2009

This survey of staff attitudes published by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development shows a rise in job satisfaction. It is suggested that employees grateful to have a job at all are less likely to grumble, and more likely to see scorched earth rather than greener grass on the other side of the fence.

The survey found that the net proportion of people satisfied with their job has increased to +46 from +26 in 2006 and the proportion of people who say their job makes them feel cheerful most or all of the time has also gone up.

Some three-quarters of respondents report their organisation has been affected by the recession with half citing increases in work-related stress as a consequence and nearly four in ten agreeing there has been a rise in office politics.

The proportion of people who say their jobs make them worried or tense has also increased since the Institute’s 2006 employee attitudes and engagement survey and nearly six in ten employees say they are worried by the future.

The survey is available from the CIPD. http://www.cipd.co.uk/subjects/empreltns/general/_employee_outlook.htm?IsSrchRes=1