More employees expecting raises in 2014

U.S. workers are voicing growing confidence in their job prospects this year, with 42 percent expecting a pay raise in the next 12 months — the highest level in nearly two years, according to the Glassdoor Employment Survey released Friday.

The same 42 percent expect their company’s business outlook to improve, up 2 percentage points from the third quarter of 2013.

“Employees are beginning to feel more sure-footed in the economy and the job market, and in turn are hopeful and more confident about their chances of seeing their compensation rise,” Rusty Rueff, Glassdoor career and workplace expert, said in a statement. “… If economic and business news continues to show signs of furthering stability, we will undoubtedly begin to see greater employee confidence, which will in turn catalyze more movement within the employment pool.”

Of course, not everything is rainbows and unicorns in the workplace.

Ten percent of employees expect their company’s outlook to get worse this year. And 3 percent said they want to help get their boss or supervisor fired this year, a 1 percent increase from the year before.

Just like the third quarter of 2013, the same 15 percent of employees expressed concerns about being laid off, the lowest in five years.

But 27 percent of employees worry that others could be laid off in the next six months, a 3 percent increase from the third quarter of 2013.

Glassdoor’s survey of 2,039 full- and part-time employees was conducted online by Harris Interactive in December.

The Bay Area News Group’s John Green took this photo of Twitter employees working while they eat in the rooftop patio at Twitter headquarters on Market Street in San Francisco.

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