What do Workers Want?
Higher levels of employee involvement, according to a fascinating new survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) and the Gallup Organization. The survey asked 1,000 Americans about a variety of workplace and compensation issues. Among the highlights:
Equity over cash
Which would you rather receive from an employer?
More cash in your paycheck now 23%
A share in the ownership of the company that could be cashed out when you leave the job 29%
Employer-paid pension benefits after retirement 46%
Don't know 1%
Influence over equity
Having input into company decisions at a company you worked for would be more important to you than having a share in company ownership.
Agree/strongly agree 64%
Disagree/strongly disagree 31%
Don't know 5%
Stability over money
If you owned stock in a company where you worked and an outside investor attempted a takeover by offering twice the market value of the stock, would you vote to sell the company?
Don't know/refused to answer 9%
You can obtain a summary of the survey from the EBRI for $50; a copy of the full report costs $100. For more information, contact Malaika Barnes at 202-775-6338.* * *