"Given the visibility of recent layoffs by several prominent companies, it's not surprising that employees of smaller companies might place more trust in their futures," says Dan Houston, senior vice-president of the Principal Financial Group, a provider and manager of some employee benefits, which sponsored the study.
Despite their confidence in stable benefits, small-company employees are hardly free from worry. Some 85% reported being "very concerned" about their financial futures. Other findings of the quarterly survey of 1,000 employees nationwide, conducted by Harris Interactive:
-- 86% of those with retirement savings, mainly in a 401(k) invested in stocks, say they won't switch to more stable investments, despite the fluctuating stock market.
-- 59% are not satisfied with their finances.
-- 27% said they have not yet planned for their retirement. By Theresa Forsman in New York