Key Findings

  • The proportion of workers ranking the economy as ‘not secure’ has reached its highest level so far this year
  • Perceptions of job security reach their lowest recorded levels this year
  • Employers mandating COVID-19 vaccinations among their employees is supported by two thirds (66%) of New Zealand workers
  • Workers are also happy for their employer to know their COVID-19 vaccination (89%) and test status (91%)
  • Half of New Zealand workers say they are uncomfortable going into work if their colleagues are unvaccinated 

Sydney, Australia 11 October 2021: New Zealand workers’ are more divided in their views about the state of the economy than at any point this year, according to the ELMO Employee Sentiment Index for the September Quarter.

The proportion of workers ranking the economy as ‘not secure’ has reached its highest level so far this year with 25 per cent workers reporting they think the economy is not secure. However, the proportion who rate it as ‘secure’ has also grown to its highest levels at 21 per cent.

The shift suggests a polarisation in views about the performance of the economy as just over half (54%) of workers remain neutral in their view. 

While workers remained divided about the economy, they were uncertain about their job security with just over half (54%) reporting it as ‘secure’. This is the lowest record of perceived job security to date.

The findings are from the ELMO Employee Sentiment Index, a quarterly research survey of working New Zealanders. The work is commissioned by ELMO Software and conducted by independent research firm Lonergan Research each quarter among more than 500 geographically dispersed working New Zealanders. The poll data is weighted to the latest Stats NZ data.

While there may be division about the state of the economy, the majority of New Zealand workers are on board with employers taking the lead on COVID-19 measures in the workplace. 

Employers mandating COVID-19 vaccinations among their employees is supported by two thirds (66%) of New Zealand workers. This is up two-points from Q2 (64%). Workers are also happy for their employer to know their COVID-19 vaccination (89%) and test status (91%).

There is also broad support for the use of vaccine passports with four in five (82%) of workers saying they are in support of the measure. 

However, a challenge looms for New Zealand employers, with half (51%) of New Zealand workers stating they are uncomfortable going into work if their colleagues are unvaccinated. This is up from two in five (42%) in Q2.

The greatest shift has been in the proportion of workers who believe New Zealand is on track with its vaccination roll-out. Seven in ten (70%) workers believe New Zealand is on track with its vaccination roll-out. This is up 13 points since Q2 (57%).

ELMO Software CEO Danny Lessem says employers need to take stock of what workers are telling them.

“New Zealand workers are more divided in their views on the economy than at any other point so far this year. Some workers may well be thinking the situation is dire, while others believe things are returning to normal. Employers need to ensure they are attune to these differing views and concerns. 

“When it comes to working with the virus, New Zealand workers are supportive of their employer introducing tough measures to keep the workplace safe. Whether it’s mandating vaccinations or tracking vaccination and test status, the great majority of workers are on board.

“The message from working is clear: they want to get the economy back on track and they want their employer to lead the charge when it comes to working safely with the virus.

“A tough challenge is emerging for employers. The proportion of workers uncomfortable working alongside unvaccinated colleagues has climbed to 51 per cent of the workforce. This is going to take consultation and a deep dive into the data behind the workforce to understand how to move forward.”

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About the ELMO Employee Sentiment Index

The ELMO Employee Sentiment Index is a quarterly study which examines the attitudes, actions and concerns of New Zealanders in the workplace. The research questions ask respondents to both reflect on the past quarter as well as anticipate the months ahead. The report is completed each quarter to provide a rolling index of New Zealand workers attitudes and behaviours over time.

Methodology

The ELMO Employee Sentiment Report was initiated to gain data and insights into the attitudes, actions and concerns of employees. Respondents were asked to reflect on their actions in the three month period of July 2021 to September 2021. The research was commissioned by ELMO Software and conducted by Lonergan Research in accordance with the ISO 20252 standard. Lonergan Research surveyed 565 New Zealand workers aged 18 years and over between 13 September and 23 September, 2021. The research was conducted through a 14-question online survey. Respondents were members of a permission-based panel, geographically disbursed throughout New Zealand including both capital city and non-capital city areas. After surveying, data was weighted to the latest population estimates sourced from Stats NZ.

About ELMO Software

Established in 2002, ELMO is a cloud-based HR, payroll, expense management and rostering / time & attendance software provider. The company offers customers across Australia, New Zealand and the UK a unified platform to help organisations streamline their people, process and pay. ELMO operates on a software-as-a-service (“SaaS”) business model based on recurrent subscription revenues.  For more information, please visit www.elmosoftware.co.nz.

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