Insecurity affects work

The economic recession of the early 90s has left deep impressions on many Finns' psyche. The regional daily newspaper Turun Sanomat writes in an editorial (14 December 2001) that many people fear the possibility of another serious downturn. This fear goes against expert analyses according to which this fear is groundless.

Many people think that a repeat depression is possible and over half of citizens see it as fairly possible. Only three per cent thought that the economic history of the 90s cannot happen again.

The trauma caused by the depression together with changes in work conditions have also had an effect on the way people experience work. People are sceptical about the way things are changing. Work seems more meaningless. At the same time, people are now less worried about losing their job. This contradiction in attitudes is difficult to explain, Turun Sanomat says, quoting researchers.

One possible reason for pessimism is a change in the economic climate. A year again all the economic indicators were pointing upwards and economic growth seemed to go on and on. A downturn in some indicators has surprised even economists. It is assumed that one reason for the growth of pessimism is the atmosphere of fear caused by the September terrorist attacks. Two years ago there were as many people expecting a growth in jobs as there are now people fearing the growth of unemployment.

Turun Sanomat points out that what is noticeable in work places is discrimination against temporary workers. It is even worse than discrimination based on gender or age. It is surprising that discrimination in the public sector is double that in the private sector. This is a big challenge to employers as young temporary workers are future employees.

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