Majority of Americans think Congress should extend enhanced unemployment benefits past July: poll https://yhoo.it/2OhM7Ne by @JessicaASmith8
In a study with @K2onK2, we found a disconnect between the C-Suite and those under them. 53% of C-Level execs think their companies are very prepared for outbreak response planning versus 40% of lower level leaders. More from the #COVID19 tracker here: https://theharrispoll.com/the-harris-poll-covid19-tracker/
Letting go of the way things were:
@HarrisPoll's trended data shows a steady decline in the amount of Americans who say core aspects of their lifestyle will return to normal. More from the #COVID19 tracker here: https://theharrispoll.com/the-harris-poll-covid19-tracker/
- Corporate leaders are doubling down on promises to promote racial justice in the wake of nationwide Black Lives Matter protests.
- This is, in part, because more employees and customers are speaking up about racial injustice and inequality, experts previously told Business Insider.
- A new survey by research firm The Harris Poll and the nonprofit JUST Capital asked 2,000 Americans what changes they want to see from the C-suite.
- More than 60% agree that promoting diversity and inclusion within companies is important.
- And the majority of Americans, especially Black Americans, agree paying people a living wage is key to advancing equality.
The corporate world is experiencing a moment of awakening — and it's in part because employees and customers are speaking up.
Leaders — from billionaire investor Ray Dalio to JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon and billionaire philanthropist Melinda Gates — are talking about inequality and racial injustice. Large companies, from Dell to 23andme are promising specific reform within their offices. Top brands including Starbucks and Unilever have pulled their ads from Facebook over what they say is the platform's failure to stop the spread of hate.
More Americans are telling the nation's C-suite what they want, using both their voices and their wallets, in aligning with brands that hold similar values, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategists and researchers previously told Business Insider.
A new poll released Thursday gives a closer look at what exactly Americans want from their leaders.
The Harris Poll and Just Capital, an independent research nonprofit founded by the billionaire investor Paul Tudor Jones, surveyed 2,000 Americans asking them one overarching question: What change do you want to see from business leaders?
Respondents want leaders to take a stand against injustice and to promote DEI. Some 84% support leaders speaking out against police brutality, as well as Americans' right to free speech and peaceful protest. And 75% agree business leaders should champion diversity and inclusion and denounce racism.
Beyond simply speaking out, people also want accountability. Sixty-one percent of Americans agreed with the statement "any corporate action enacted in an effort to advance racial equality means nothing without accountability measures in place."
The report analyzed the specific actions Black Americans specifically want leaders to take. They include:
- Commit to paying all employees a living wage (89% of Black respondents agreed, 86% of whites agreed).
- Increase business with Black-owned suppliers (89% of Black respondents agreed, 67% of whites agreed).
- Provide accessible grievance mechanisms for employees to report harassment or discrimination (88% of Black respondents agreed, 83% of whites agreed).
The biggest racial difference around what change should be enacted was around increasing charitable giving to Black communities. While 85% of Black respondents agreed that it's an important change to be made, only 62% of whites agreed.
Read the full article at Business Insider.
The enhanced unemployment benefits passed as part of the CARES Act are set to expire at the end of July if Congress doesn’t act. A new Yahoo Finance-Harris poll finds the majority of Americans believe the extra $600 per week should be extended past July — even though a majority also believes the benefits discourage people from returning to work.
The poll, conducted between July 2 and July 6, found 58% of the 2,094 respondents surveyed support extending the enhanced benefits into August or longer. Forty-two percent said the benefits should expire at the end of July as scheduled.
People in the Midwest and Northeast are more likely to support letting the benefits expire than people in the South or West. Forty-nine percent of respondents in the Midwest and 46% of respondents in the Northeast support a July expiration, compared to 39% of people in the South and 39% of people in the West, the poll found.
Discouraging workers from going back to their jobs?
Lawmakers are debating what to do about the benefits as they attempt to pass another coronavirus relief package in the coming weeks. Many Republicans have argued against extending the benefits, saying some workers make more on unemployment than they do at their job, which they say is a disincentive for workers to go back to work.
The new poll shows 34% somewhat agree and 28% strongly agree the enhanced benefits discourage people from returning to work.
People who have received the additional benefits are less likely to see them as a disincentive for work.
Of those polled, 44% currently receiving the extra $600 see the benefit as a discouragement from returning to work — compared to 56% of people who previously received the benefit and 64% of people who never did.
Young people are also less likely to see the benefits as a disincentive. Half of respondents between 18 and 34 years old said the benefits are a discouragement, compared to 68% of people between 55 and 64 years old.
Despite those findings, 68% of respondents still said they think the extra $600 per week is beneficial to the U.S. economy.
Democratic lawmakers warn eliminating the boosted benefits would push Americans into poverty and cause more damage to the economy in the long run.
“Supercharged unemployment benefits have kept the economy afloat and allowed millions of families to pay the rent and buy groceries,” said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) in a statement this week.
Of the people surveyed, 107 were receiving the enhanced benefits at the time of the poll. More than half (57%) of that group said they would have to cut back on non-essential spending if the boosted benefits expired. About a quarter (26%) said they would skip paying at least one bill and 20% said they would need to sell belongings for extra income. Eleven percent of respondents said they would lose their home and 6% said they would lose their car.
Some Republicans have pushed for a back-to-work bonus to encourage workers to get back to their jobs.
“I think we need to have something that gets people back to work, but ensures we are taking care of those who really need to help,” Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) said in an interview with Yahoo Finance.
Democratic lawmakers argue the bonus won’t help the many workers who can’t go back to their jobs if their employer went out of business or if their company is still temporarily shut down.
The Yahoo Finance-Harris poll found 69% of respondents support a return-to-work bonus – 67% of those currently on unemployment would be more likely to return to their job if they got a bonus for doing so. Seventy-nine percent of respondents said they would support the U.S. government offering incentives like taxes, grants and low-interest loans to rehire workers.
Read the full article at Yahoo Finance.
In the last four months, work has changed drastically. But will these changes persist into the future? Our second Work Trend Index report explores this idea by combining insights from three sources: trends behind how our customers use our tools; findings from a Harris Poll survey of over 2,000 remote workers in six countries; and conclusions from over 30 research projects from across Microsoft that seek to understand the experience for remote workers today via surveys, interviews, diary studies, focus groups, and studies of the human brain.
Our goal for this research is to uncover both good and challenging aspects of remote work so we can accelerate product development in the right areas, anticipate how work will change in the future, and help our customers thrive in this new world of work.
The population reflected in the data consisted of information workers at small, medium and large enterprises and is not inclusive of the entire workforce. Read on for our key findings
Brainwaves reveal remote meeting fatigue is real
A commonly discussed pain point of remote work is that it can feel more challenging or tiring than in-person collaboration. Researchers from our Human Factors Labs recently set out to understand this phenomenon. Do remote work and video meetings actually tax our brain more than in-person work? The brain science suggests, yes.
Remote collaboration is more difficult, but the transition back to in-person work might be just as hard
In our Human Factors Labs, where we study how humans interact with technology, scientists ran an experiment to understand how the brain responds to collaborating remotely through computer screens compared to in person. This study began pre-COVID as part of ongoing work in Microsoft around the remote work experience. They asked 13 teams of two to complete similar tasks together –
Video meetings lead to fatigue
A second study found that brainwave markers associated with overwork and stress are significantly higher in video meetings than non-meeting work like writing emails. Further, due to high levels of sustained concentration fatigue begins to set in 30-40 minutes into a meeting. Looking at days filled with video meetings, stress begins to set in at about two hours into the day. The research suggests several factors lead to this sense of meeting fatigue: having to focus continuously on the screen to extract relevant information and stay engaged; reduced non-verbal cues that help you read the room or know whose turn it is to talk; and screen sharing with very little view of the people you are interacting with.
To help with this, we recommend taking regular breaks every two hours to let your brain re-charge, limiting meetings to 30 minutes, or punctuating long meetings with small breaks when possible.
To help address these challenges through our technology, today we also released a series of updates to Teams designed to help create more human connection with people you’re working with and to reduce meeting fatigue—
Read the full story at Microsoft.
June 2020 - Stress in America Press Release: As protests continue, more than half of black Americans report discrimination as significant source of stress.
The COVID-19 pandemic has altered every aspect of American life, from health and work to education and exercise. Over the long term, warns the American Psychological Association, the negative mental health effects of the coronavirus will be serious and long-lasting.
To better understand how individuals are coping with the extreme stress of this crisis, APA has adapted its annual Stress in America poll into a monthly analysis of stressors and stress levels. Taking a monthly “pulse” to understand how individuals are processing these extreme events will help health leaders and policymakers better align advice and resources to address these evolving mental health needs.
In the second volume of Stress in AmericaTM 2020: Stress in the Time of COVID-19, APA reports on two surveys conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of APA: Wave 2 of the COVID tracker, conducted May 21-June 3, 2020, among 3,013 adults age 18+ who reside in the U.S.; and an additional poll about the current civil unrest, conducted June 9-11, 2020, among 2,058 adults age 18+ who reside in the U.S.
The full report: Stress in the Time of COVID-19, Volume Two
Working with Crain’s editors, researchers at The Harris Poll will poll a representative sample of C-suite executives in metro Chicago each month to detect changes in their outlook and sentiment.
The Harris Poll and Crain’s Chicago Business have formed an exclusive partnership to conduct an ongoing poll of business leaders. The new surveys will enable Crain’s to provide an additional stream of data-based coverage crucial to the more than 70,000 digital and print subscribers who turn to Crain’s every week for insight.
Working with Crain’s editors, researchers at The Harris Poll will poll a representative sample of C-suite executives in metro Chicago each month to detect changes in their outlook and sentiment and, through a series of topical questions, discover their opinions on relevant issues to Crain’s readers as they seek to better understand the noisy world around them.
Among the topics to be explored are how well the business community thinks elected officials are managing tough issues dogging Chicago, Illinois and the Midwest, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and recession, and the depth of private sector support for solutions that these officials have offered or are considering.
Future polls will explore other topics of civic and economic importance, including racial inequities and corporate diversity efforts, workplace and management issues, consumer attitudes toward prominent Chicago-based brands and Illinois voters’ preferences in upcoming elections.
“As market research experts, we know there’s a link between the viewpoints of the electorate and the success of government at all levels,” says Will Johnson, CEO of The Harris Poll. “We’re here to help Crain’s readers better see that connection or, as we may also see, that disconnection.”
“We at The Harris Poll also are driven by our own rootedness to Chicago,” Johnson says. “My family and I live in Chicago, and I have a deep interest in doing what I can so that the city can thrive as a world-class commercial capital where people want to raise families and grow businesses.”
"We are thrilled to partner with The Harris Poll as we continue to strive to keep our subscribers informed with more exclusive content and data,” says Jim Kirk, publisher and executive editor of Crain’s. “We look forward to working with Harris to jointly produce the most comprehensive local polling across a broad spectrum of relevant topics.”
About The Harris Poll:
Founded in 1963 by pollster Lou Harris, The Harris Poll is one of the world’s leading public opinion, social intelligence and strategy firms. Through continuous pulsing of society in the U.S. and internationally, Harris helps clients interpret, adapt and respond to constantly changing issues. Widely recognized for its polls and insight on voter sentiment, The Harris Poll also leverages bespoke polls to advise Fortune 500 C-suites on how to meet the evolving needs and wants of their customers and other stakeholders.
In 2017, The Harris Poll joined the Stagwell Group to create the largest independent data-driven digital market services firm in the U.S. The Harris Poll is run by co-CEOs Will Johnson and John Gerzema, two veteran strategists with backgrounds in analytics and brand marketing from senior roles at WPP agencies BAV Consulting and Young & Rubicam.
About Crain’s Chicago Business:
For over 40 years, Crain's Chicago Business has been the premier source of local business news and information for the Chicago area's influential business executives. Every week Crain's print edition delivers scoop-oriented articles, enlightening features and invaluable industry rankings. Crain's award-winning website, ChicagoBusiness.com, is an essential online tool for news, information and statistics about doing business in Chicago. Crain's Chicago Business is a Crain Communications Inc publication.
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