Is An Uncertain Economy Forcing Americans To Work Harder?

America’s Job Exchange Survey Provides Insight Into Workplace Trends ANDOVER, Mass., May 1, 2008 : Are employees overworked – or is a potentially sluggish economy pressuring employers to do more with less? Those were the answers America’s Job Exchange, Inc. (AJE) was seeking in a series of online polls that surveyed site visitors on questions such as “How many hours per week do you work? What are you looking forward to most this year? And, how much vacation did you take last summer?” AJE (www.americasjobexchange.com), a wholly-owned subsidiary of NaviSite, Inc. (NASDAQ: NAVI) and a leading online career management portal for job seekers interested in non-executive, middle-income jobs, reported the following results, based on more than 5,000 responses from users who participated in a series of poll questions:

  • Most Americans reported their top career priority in 2008 was to get a new job – landing a new job was the goal of 64 percent of the respondents, 17 percent were focused on a work-life balance, 10 percent intended to go back to school and only 8 percent indicated that they were going to take up new challenges at their current workplace.
  • Americans are taking little time off – nearly half, 45 percent, stated that they took no vacation last summer, 19 percent took less than a week, 22 percent took between 1 and 2 week’s vacation, and only 12 percent took two weeks or more week’s vacation.
  • Concerns over the economy may also be impacting time spent on the job – although 32 percent stated they were not currently employed and looking for work, about a third of the respondents, 30 percent, said they were working 41 to 60 hours a week, and 6 percent spent more than 60 hours on the clock.

“These polls give us valuable insight into the dynamics of the workplace,” said Rathin Sinha, SVP and Chief Marketing Officer for NaviSite. “Although we don’t know to what extent economic concerns are affecting the work-habits of the average, middle-income worker, we see some interesting trends that help us provide useful career-related content and job search services to assist job-seekers and employers in a tough economy.” While such polls are not scientific and only represent the views of those who have chosen to participate, based on the findings, AJE is introducing content such as a new career column by leading industry experts to supplement functionalities such as resume writing services and salary information.

Job-seekers can also access AJE’s searchable database of approximately 700,000 jobs from more than 25,000 employers. With more than a million average monthly site visitors, AJE also offers various recruitment products and services and competitively-priced help wanted advertising options to employers interested in reaching their target audience. In addition, AJE helps employers meet relevant compliance requirements set by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). For more information on the AJE poll results. About America’s Job Exchange America’s Job Exchange is the online career management portal for job seekers interested in nonexecutive, middle-income jobs. Employers enjoy simple posting capabilities and many advertising options to reach job seekers at affordable prices while also meeting many of the OFCCP requirements.

Jobseekers take advantage of America’s Job Exchange’s fast and easy search capabilities, job scouts and a broad range of career management content and tools. For more information, please visit: http://www.americasjobexchange.com. About NaviSite NaviSite, the parent company of the America’s Job Exchange, is a leading provider of application solutions and hosting services. Customers depend on NaviSite for managed application services, application development, implementation and management on services platforms in 18 state-of-the art data centers supported by more than 700 professionals. NaviSite provides customized and scalable solutions leveraging its broad range of capabilities, packaged software implementation expertise, portfolio of best-in-class technologies and a full suite of web-hosting and internet infrastructure options. For more information, please visit www.navisite.com.

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