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The employment conditions survey was conducted to gauge employee confidence in the current economic environment. Employees were asked questions related to their employment and the general economic climate.
A questionnaire with 11 questions was emailed to employees from various organisations on our mailing list. A total of 651 individuals of varied age groups, education levels, gender, employment positions and economic sectors participated in this survey.
Distribution of participants by economic sector is shown in the table below:
Financial services and manufacturing are by far the largest industries in this survey contributing 17.6% and 14.7% respectively.
Other comments mentioned by participants are;
35% of the participants are confident about finding another job, 25% are somehow confident, 24% are very confident and 15% are not confident about finding another job.
Most of the participants (60%) in the managerial level are confident and very confident that they will find another job. The same trend was observed for participants in the non-managerial category (58% are confident and very confident). However, from the graph, one may conclude that, a large proportion of participants in the non-managerial category are not confident of finding another job as compared to those in the managerial category.
57% of the participants are not confident at all about the economy improving in the short term, 28% are somehow confident, 11% are confident and 4% are very confident.
Most of the participants (85%) in the managerial level are not confident about the economy improving in the short term. The same trend was observed for participants in the non-managerial category (87% not confident all and somehow confident).
48% of the participants said high prices of commodities stresses the most, 19% said poor working conditions, 13% said high school fees for my children, 11% said fuel shortages, 7% said bad manager and 2% said hunger stresses them the most.
52% of the participants said if
the economic conditions fail to improve in the short term they would look at
going into the diaspora, 28% said they would stay in Zimbabwe no matter the
conditions, 12% said looking for a new job locally and 8% mentioned other comments.
Other comments mentioned by
Most of the participants (64%) in the managerial level are said they would look at going into the diaspora if the economic conditions fail to improve in the short term.
When asked if they are doing other business besides their job to supplement their income from work 57% said yes and 43% said no.
When asked about their biggest problem facing their organization 63% said harsh economic environment, 26% said poor management and 11% said lack of resources.
Employment confidence is not likely to increase until there is tangible evidence that the economy is creating new jobs. These results are reflective of what we are seeing in the broader economy. Resuscitating the economy will require all stakeholders: government, employers and employees to work together.
Nguwi (Registered Psychologist) is the Managing
Consultant of Industrial Psychology Consultants (IPC). You may contact him by
email at email@example.com
Sombi is a Manager (Workforce Analytics & Research)
at Industrial Psychology Consultants (IPC). You may contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Masundais a Consultant at Industrial Psychology
Consultants (IPC). You may contact him by email at email@example.com
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This article was written by one of the consultants at IPC
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