It's time to tell the truth about your job

IMOGEN NEALE
Last updated 05:00 17/06/2012

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Kiwi employees will be given the chance to say what they really think about their jobs when a nationwide survey launches this week.

The Great New Zealand Employment Survey gives employers, managers and employees a chance to shed some light on what's happening in the workplace.

Research company Clarian has brought Massey University on board as an analysis and research partner for the survey's fourth year.

Clarian spokeswoman Michelle Marsden said the university's input would strengthen the survey's credibility, and allow for more to debate around the findings, set to be released in September.

One of the key findings from last year's survey was that a majority of employees weren't actively looking for a new job.

"What I really want to find out this time around is if employees are really content and looking to hang around, and why?" Marsden said.

"Is it because they are actually content, or is it because they know the state of the economic climate is not good, and that the roles are not out there?

"Perhaps they know employers these days have tight redundancy clauses, or even none at all. Whereas, if they are sitting tight, are they under a pre-recession contract and actually sitting on a relatively decent package?"

Another area she would like clarity around was employment figures. "You've had quite a number of employers say they're actually employing, yet have a look at the unemployment rate, and it's quite high."

Marsden hopes respondents will shed some light on this apparent anomaly.

The survey comes a month after the first ever report on workplace productivity was released. Ernst & Young surveyed 1220 workers and found employers estimated up to 21 per cent of the work done each day was of no value to the business. Workers estimated about 15 per cent of their time was wasted.

They said dealing with unnecessary emails was the biggest waste of time, followed by internal red tape, technology and equipment malfunctions and waiting for the IT help desk.

Marsden said while it was not the survey's goal, it did provide people with an avenue to "get something off their chest".

The Great New Zealand Employment Survey opens on Tuesday at www.clarian.co.nz/survey

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