New Zealand workers are now more divided in their views about the state of the economy than at any point this year. The proportion of workers ranking the economy as ‘not secure’ has reached its highest level so far at 25%, however the proportion who rate it as ‘secure’ has also grown to its highest levels at 21%.
ELMO Employee Sentiment Index
That’s according to the ELMO Employee Sentiment Index – a nationwide poll commissioned by ELMO Software. This index provides a quarterly update of sentiment among more than 500 New Zealand workers about their attitudes, actions and concerns in the workplace over the past three months, in addition to their plans and expectations for the future. The July to September report offers a unique insight into how these factors have changed over a period of great uncertainty and ambiguity.
The behaviours of New Zealand workers have also changed in the past three months with 12% taking a sick day, despite not being sick. Taking a mental health day has also become more common among workers, with 13% saying they took mental health leave in the past quarter.
Return to work
In a looming challenge for employers preparing to welcome back employees, the proportion of workers uncomfortable working alongside unvaccinated colleagues has climbed to 51% from 42% in the June quarter. Vaccination passports have also been welcomed by four in five New Zealand workers (82%).
The insights and statistics from this report can be a helpful tool for organisations considering how best to support their workforce through times of great disruption.
You can also read the Australian report containing insights from Australian workers here.