Workers with benefits from their employers are optimistic about the economy, but aren’t so sure about their own financial futures, a recent survey found. Mercer reported Monday that this is the first time the firm has recorded such a disparity in attitudes since launching the annual survey in 2003.
The percentage of workers who expect the economy to grow has increased from 56% in June 2008 to 77% in June 2010 when the survey was conducted. But, while over three-quarters of respondents expect growth, most of them don’t expect much. Seventy-one percent said they expect only 1% to 2% growth per year. Only 6% said they expect the economy to grow 3% or more per year.
More than one-third of respondents said they were concerned about the job security, though, the highest level since the survey’s inception, and a trend that has increased since July 2007.
“Traditionally, participant attitudes toward the overall economy and personal financial outlook trend closely together – either positively or negatively,” Suzanne Nolan, partner and director of marketing and communications for Mercer’s Outsourcing business, said in a press release.