2012 Outlook – Economy and Family

Dec 19, 2011

Q. Thinking about the next 12 months, do you think 2012 will be a good or bad year for each of the following?

Total good

Dec 10

Total bad

Dec10

Total good Total bad Very good Good Neither good nor bad Bad Very bad Don’t know/Not applicable
The Australian economy 48% 16% 29% 35% 3% 26% 32% 28% 7% 3%
Your personal financial situation 39% 20% 33% 27% 4% 29% 38% 20% 7% 2%
Your workplace * 47% 16% 45% 20% 6% 39% 36% 15% 5% 2%
You and your family overall 51% 14% 52% 16% 10% 42% 30% 12% 4% 2%

* based on working people

Overall, respondents were optimistic that 2012 would be a good year for themselves overall (52%) and their workplace (45%). They tended to be less optimistic about their financial situation (33% good/27% bad) and somewhat pessimistic about the Australian economy (29%/35%).

Compared to expectations 12 months ago, respondents were much less optimistic about the Australian economy (48% good last year compared to 29% good this year) and also rather less optimistic about their own financial situation (39%/20% last year compared to 33%/27% this year).

When compared with last week’s questions on perceptions of 2011, these figures suggest that respondents expect 2012 to be better than 2011 for themselves and their family (net +36% for next year compared to net +24% for this year), a little better for their workplace (+25% next year, +20% last year) and their own financial situation (+6% next year, -2% this year). The Australian economy is expected to be a little worse in 2012 (-6% next year compared to +2% last year).

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The Past Year – Personal

Dec 12, 2011

Q. Has it been a good or bad year for each of the following?

Total good

(Dec 10)

Total bad

(Dec 10)

Total good Total bad Very good Good Neither good nor bad Bad Very bad Don’t know
Your personal financial situation 28% 28% 30% 32% 5% 25% 37% 22% 10% 1%
Your workplace * 43% 21% 43% 23% 8% 35% 33% 18% 5% 2%
You and your family overall 43% 19% 44% 20% 8% 36% 34% 15% 5% 1%

* based on working people

Respondents were evenly divided over whether it has been a good or bad year financially. Those most likely to say it was a good year were full-time workers (38% good/28% bad), aged under 35 (37%/28%) and incomes over $1,600pw (41%/25%).

Respondents were more positive about their workplace (43%/23%) and overall for themselves and their family (44%/20%). Younger respondents were a little more positive about themselves and their family– those aged under 35 split 50% good/15% bad.

On these measures 2011 was considered very similar to 2010.

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Workplace Issues

Nov 21, 2011

Q. How much say should employees have in the following issues in their workplace?

Total a lot/

some say

A lot of say Some say A little say No say at all Don’t know
Health and safety 90% 63% 27% 7% 2% 1%
Working conditions 88% 55% 33% 8% 2% 1%
When they can take annual leave 86% 42% 44% 11% 2% 2%
Hours of work and rostering 77% 26% 51% 19% 3% 2%
Wages 76% 24% 52% 18% 4% 2%
Offshoring jobs (i.e. transferring jobs to another country) 66% 37% 29% 18% 12% 4%
Redundancies 65% 24% 41% 21% 11% 3%
CEO salary and bonuses 59% 29% 30% 18% 20% 3%
Board decisions 44% 16% 28% 29% 22% 4%

A majority of respondents think employees should have a lot or some say in all workplace issues listed except for board decisions.

63% think employees should have a lot of say in health and safety, 55% in working conditions, 42% in annual leave and 37% in offshoring jobs.

Those on lower incomes (under $1,000pw) were more likely to think employees should have a lot of say in off-shoring jobs (45%) and CEO salary and bonuses (35%).

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The Past Year – Personal

Dec 13, 2010

 Q. Has it been a good or bad year for each of the following?

  Total good Total bad Very good Good Neither good nor bad Bad Very bad Don’t know
Your personal financial situation 28% 28% 4% 24% 42% 21% 7% 1%
Your workplace * 43% 21% 6% 37% 33% 17% 4% 3%
You and your family overall 43% 19% 7% 36% 36% 14% 5% 2%

* based on working people

Respondents were evenly divided over whether it has been a good or bad year financially. Those most likely to say it was a good year were full-time workers (37% good/20% bad), aged under 35 (37%/23%) and incomes over $1,600pw (42%/20%).

 Respondents were more positive about their workplace (43%/21%) and overall for themselves and their family (43%/19%). Younger respondents were a little more positive about themselves and their family– those aged under 35 split 50% good/13% bad. Comments »

Staff Christmas Functions

Dec 14, 2009

Q. Which of the following situations applies to your workplace regarding staff Christmas functions?

Dec 08 Dec 09
My employer is paying for a staff Christmas function much the same as previous years 45% 44%
My employer doesn’t usually pay for a staff Christmas function 37% 31%
My employer usually pays for a staff Christmas function but this year it will be smaller 10% 12%
My employer usually pays for a staff Christmas function but it has been cancelled this year 6% 3%
My employer will be spending more than usual on a staff Christmas function 2% 1%
Don’t know * 9%

N=637. Those that selected ‘not an employee’ have been removed from the above table.

Results are reasonably similar to those obtained last year when we asked the same question.

44% of people surveyed indicated that their employer is paying for a staff Christmas function much the same as previous year, 31% have an employer that doesn’t usually pay for a staff Christmas function and 12% said that their employer paid for Christmas lunch will be smaller this year.

Results were similar across most demographic groups. Comments »

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