Category Archives: Statistics

The Divide Between What Employers and Employees Think About Returning to Work

Ask your library director or HR director about how they have managed concerns during this COVID-19 crisis, and how successful his or her library/organizational culture is in general. Now ask your employees what they think of management’s handling of issues and about their library culture. Odds are you will get very different results. The truth is that often the employers’ perspective rarely aligns with employees’ perspective. The closer those two are together, the healthier an organization will be. But the Read the rest

Unemployment Rate Increases

On Friday, May 8, 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the unemployment rate rose to 14.7% in April due to the wave of job losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic. April’s rate marks a new record for the post-World War II era. The number represents 20.5 million jobs lost in the country and is a dramatic increase from March’s 4.4% unemployment rate, which only captured the very beginning of the economic downturn. Millions more were also Read the rest

Biggest Obstacle Women Face in the Workplace

Every year March is designated as Women’s History Month by Presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor women’s contributions to American history. Despite women’s progress, inequities remain, particularly in the workplace. Women face obstacles in many areas (salaries, gender bias, career advancement, etc.). According to a recent study by LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company, the biggest obstacle that female professionals face is the first step up to manager, or, what the report refers to as the “broken rung.”Read the rest

What’s Most Important to Employees?

What do employees really want? Is it money? Is it paid time off? Is it other benefits? Well, the answer is… it depends on who you ask. A number of companies have conducted research to determine the answer to this question. It seems answers can vary depending on the age, the gender and the stage of life of the person responding.

According to A Glassdoor study of 1,100 workers and job seekers, pay is the number 1 motivator for 67% Read the rest

Relieving Financial Stress for Employees

When asked to rate the financial status of their workers:

  • 40% of employers say their employees are only a little bit or not at all financially savvy
  • 36% of employers say their employees are only a little bit or not at all prepared for retirement once they reach retirement age.

Research from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans found that employees’ financial stress (i.e. worrying about bills, paying for children’s education, saving for retirement, etc.) is having a negative Read the rest

Supervisor Support Critical to Employee Well-Being

According to a new survey released by the American Psychological Association, individuals without supervisor support for career development are more likely to distrust their employer and plan on leaving within the next year. In addition, this article reports that for working Americans without supervisor support, less than half (48 percent) say they are motivated to do their best at work (vs. 88 percent who report having supervisor support), 39 percent are satisfied with their job (vs. 86 percent), 16 percent Read the rest

Workers in 19 States Start the New Year with Higher Minimum Wages

At the start of the new year, 19 states increased their minimum wages — improving the pay of over 4.3 million workers. Increases range from a low of five cents to a high of almost two dollars. This article details the percentages of workers who are affected in each state. It also includes a table showing which states have increased their minimum wage, what the new minimum amounts are, and a wage tracker which allows you to compare minimum wages Read the rest

Survey Says…. Majority of Professionals Support Unionization at Work

Late last year the Department for Professional Employees (DPE) AFL-CIO sponsored a survey where more than 1,000 professional employees not currently represented by a labor union were interviewed. According to this report, they found that 56 percent of those surveyed approve of having a union at their workplace. The survey also showed that most professionals (61 percent) would support coming together in union to receive better salaries and raises. They also believe that union representation would improve Read the rest

EPI Launches State of Working America Data Library

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) released the State of Working America Data Library, which provides researchers, media, and the public with easily accessible, up-to-date, and comprehensive historical data on the American labor force. Compiled from EPI analysis of government data sources, the Data Library provides a clearinghouse of EPI’s best data to help people interested in the labor force answer questions, ask new ones, and find solutions. Use it to research wages, inequality, and other economic indicators over time Read the rest

Female Leadership Rates Remain Low, Despite Equity in Skills

When it comes to driving business, the genders score pretty much the same in terms of abilities. But research suggests that gender equality in leadership remains far from equal. According to this article by Fast Company, women still have more trouble breaking out of lower-level leadership jobs.… Read the rest