Professionals remain optimistic about jobs and income, but fear risks from face-to-face work | Competitions and Employment


Professionals remain optimistic about the future – despite the pandemic. Worker confidence rose for the third time in a row, according to the 4th edition of the survey conducted by LinkedIn. The index rose from 57 in August to 60 points in September, within a range of -100 to +100.

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But despite the high optimism about jobs and income, professionals who have left home to work are concerned with health and safety issues.

In the analysis of the three components of the confidence index, there was an increase of 6 points in job security; 4-point increase in financial perspectives; and a 3-point drop in chances of career advancement.

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The general increase in the index was driven mainly by employees of large corporations (more than 10,000 employees), who are showing increasing confidence in relation to finances and career progression. Small business professionals (up to 50 employees) had, once again, a drop in the expectation of improvement.

Were interviewed 2,681 people between August 24 and September 20.

Concerns about face-to-face work

Regarding the return to the work environment, 44% of workers who are working in person fear being exposed to other people who do not take safety guidelines seriously.

Other concerns include the lack of support from the employer for home office policies and sick leave (36%), exposure to agglomerations in meetings and shared spaces (34%) and lack of adequate hygiene of the workspace (32%).

Concerns about face-to-face work in the pandemic – Photo: Disclosure

The survey also points out that 41% of people who continue to work remotely have a greater concern for a longer working day, 35% are feeling more alone or socially isolated in this modality and 31% are having difficulty balancing personal and professional life.

According to the LinkedIn survey, large companies are more adept at remote work (41%) compared to small companies (25%).

On the other hand, small companies are more likely to adopt a hybrid model in a post-pandemic scenario: 46% of them expect that part of the employees will return to the office a few times a week, while the rest will do a permanent home office. Among larger businesses, the rate drops to 29%.

Difficulties by generations of professionals

The survey also shows that baby boomers (people who are 55 years old or more) are more likely to have their incomes reduced due to the coronavirus, in addition to being the generation that has the highest rate of reduction in working hours due to the pandemic.

The “generation Z” (less than 25 years old), on the other hand, registers a greater accumulation of debts, with 33% not paying or not paying any bills soon.

The “generation X” (between 40 and 54 years old) has the highest rate of dismissal due to Covid, followed by “millenials” (between 25 and 39 years old). See the table below:

Financial difficulties between generations of professionals – Photo: Economy G1

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