Loyalty, commitment up since recession: Study

But as opportunities arise, employees likely to jump ship
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 08/05/2010

While the recession had a negative impact on a variety of areas, there is one bright spot for organizations. The most recent economic downturn appears to have boosted employee loyalty, according to a survey by staffing firm Kelly Services.

Nearly one-third (30 per cent) of 15,000 employees surveyed worldwide said the recession has made them more loyal to their employers, found the Kelly Global Workforce Index. Just eight per cent said they are less loyal and 62 per cent said their loyalty is unchanged.

Forty-five per cent of respondents are also totally committed to their current employers, up from 32 per cent in 2006, found the survey.