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Pay closer attention to rising employee insecurity

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in Employee Benefits Program,Hiring,Human Resources,Leaders & Managers,Management Training

Almost a quarter (23.8 percent) of the people answering a new Right Management Consultants survey say they think it's very possible or somewhat possible that they could lose their jobs in the next 12 months. That's a jump from 19 percent just six months ago. (Plus, the survey was conducted before GM announced plans to lay off more than 30,000 workers.)

When that Career Confidence study was conducted in 18 other countries, U.S. respondents fell second-to-last (behind the United Kingdom) in their confidence about job security. By contrast, Norwegians have the least worries. A mere 3.1 percent thought it was likely or very likely they'd lose their jobs in the next 12 months, and 75 percent thought it wasn't possible at all.

Advice: While it's smart to advertise your organization's excellent benefits and work environment to help in recruiting and employee retention, you should remind supervisors to stay away from overt promises about job security. Such promises can come back to haunt you in court.

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