Smartbriefs recently did a non-scientific poll asking readers how frequently they worry about getting fired.
The results, which came from their base of almost 200,000 readers, were:
- Never — I’m irreplaceable: 20.49%
- Sometimes — when projects go wrong or bad things happen: 55.74%
- Often — I am frequently on edge: 17.49%
- All the time — I live in perpetual fear of getting fired: 6.28%
A quick review of these results show a stunning percentage of the respondents worry about getting fired on a regular basis, including almost 25% of folks thinking about it often or all the time.
This data is another example of the growing sense of economic uncertainty people facing.
Economic uncertainty impacts the economy in many ways. If you don't feel economically secure, you are less likely to do things like get married, buy a house, have children, move to new city, etc.
This lack of job security also explains why over 40% of independent workers (freelancers, independent consultants, etc.) report feeling more secure being self-employed than if they had a traditional job.
We think economic uncertainty is unlikely to decrease anytime soon. We also think it's having a major impact on our economy and leading to greater numbers of people starting side gigs and becoming independent workers.
See our Economic Uncertainty category for more on this topic.