A Randstad US survey revealed that U.S. workers have adjusted their pay growth expectations during the coronavirus pandemic. In 2018, 82 percent of employees stated they expect a pay raise every year in order to make them stay at their current job. However, the Randstad US survey conducted in early August 2020 showed this number is down to 62 percent.
Additionally, research shows employees value job growth, culture, and benefits over higher pay. Sixty-four percent of workers in the Randstad US study said they would prefer a job with growth potential rather than a job that pays more but offers fewer challenges. Fifty-eight percent were more inclined to negotiate better benefits than higher salaries. Fifty-seven percent of respondents in a survey conducted by the Hinge Research Institute stated they think company culture is just as important as a good salary.
The importance of factors other than salary and adjusted pay growth expectations in general may be a good sign for employers who were negatively impacted by the coronavirus. Many businesses implemented pay and workforce reductions after experiencing decreased revenue during the pandemic. Adjusted employee expectations and decreased focus on salary may be a benefit for these organizations.
Finally, employee trust in their employer's ability to respond to crisis is improving. At the start of the pandemic, employee confidence in their employer's ability to successfully navigate the COVID-19 crisis was low. The Randstad US study indicates this may be changing. In August 2020, 80 percent of respondents said they were happy with their organization's pandemic response regarding professional needs, and 76 percent were happy with response to personal needs. Another 68 percent did not experience reductions in compensation due to the pandemic. Aman Kidwai "Randstad: Job seekers have lowered expectations for pay growth" hrdive.com (Aug. 19, 2020).
So, the question for our readers is: Have your employees adjusted their pay growth expectations?
Please take the poll. Here is an opinion of one of the McCalmon editorial staff:
Jack McCalmon, Esq.
The economy before the pandemic was record breaking. There were more jobs than people to fill them. Wages were rising for the first time in years. With the shutdown, demand for employees is less because there is less need especially in the service sector. Consequently, employees have adjusted their expectations as evidenced by the survey. As the economy improves, you can expect that more employees will readjust their expectations.
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