Poll Results

Over the years, Marlin contracted with both the Gallup Organization and Harris International to conduct the national “Attitudes in the American Workplace” surveys. Some of the results follow:

2008

Highlights from The Marlin Company’s 14th Annual “Attitudes in the American Workplace” Poll of 2008

• Surveyed 755 US workers. 18 or older, working either part- or full-time
• Survey Conducted by Zogby International for The Marlin Company
• Interviewing conducted between May 12 and May 14, 2008
• Margin of error +/-3.6 percentage points

Going Green: Workplace Attitudes

• Rhetoric not matching reality. Despite widespread publicity about the “greening” of corporate America, barely half of American workers (50.8%) say their company has a significant initiative, such as carpooling and recycling.
• What’s my motivation? Nearly one-fourth (24.1%) said companies went green to save money; 22% said they did it to garner positive publicity and 14.2% said they did it to be politically correct. Only 17.5% cited social responsibility as the motivation, while 13% said that companies were going green as a way to counteract rising energy prices.
• Greener than thou. When asked, “Who’s greener, you or your company?”, nearly two-thirds of workers (63.4%) said they were greener.
• I’ll work for you if you truly go green. More than three-fourths of U.S. workers (77.7%) said it was important for them to have an employer that was going green in a significant way.
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Economic Stress: How it’s Affecting American Workers

• Young workers most desperate. 34.3% of young American workers (18-29) say their financial situation has caused them to “feel hopelessness or despair about their economic future.”
• Sleepless nights. 31.4% of workers report being occasionally kept awake at night worrying about not meeting housing payments, credit cards, or other personal expenses.
• Distraction on the job. 23.4% of US workers say their financial situation has distracted them on the job, with the most distracted being young workers, age 18 to 29 (36.8%).
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Bitterness and the American Dream: What Workers are Saying

• What American Dream? 52% of US workers say it is not attainable anymore and 74.4% of workers say it is not as attainable as it was 8 years ago.
• More bitterness. 45.1% of US workers are bitter and blame the political system for the deterioration of their economic circumstances.
• Lack of representation. 77.2% of US workers say they feel unrepresented by the political system on workplace issues such as healthcare, retirement, fuel prices and the economy.
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2007

Highlights from The Marlin Company’s 13th Annual “Attitudes in the American Workplace” Poll of 2007

• Surveyed 752 US workers. 18 or older, working either part- or full-time
• Survey Conducted by Harris Interactive® for The Marlin Company
• Interviewing conducted between May 21 and June 14, 2007
• Margin of error +/-3.6 percentage points

Healthy Habits and Junk Food in the Workplace

• Employers supplying more information. 58% of workers say their employers are “very” or “somewhat active” in providing information on healthy habits (as compared to 36% of workers claiming this in 2004). 41% of employees say that their companies are “not at all” or “not very active” in providing information on good health habits. This percentage has dropped from the 2004 level of 63%.
• Junk food persists. 75% of US workers say vending machines contain junk food, as compared to 2004 when 83% of workers reported vending machines with candy bars and chips. Junk food in vending machines is more prevalent in larger companies (71% in companies with 1,000+ employees, as compared to 45% in smaller companies with 100 or fewer employees.)
• Employee perceptions of co-workers’ health. 24% of workers said that 50% of their co-workers had an unhealthy diet. Though 87% did not believe that overweight or obese employees would be more or less likely to receive job promotions.
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Violence in the workplace: what American workers are saying

• Workplace climate. Nearly 20% of US workers are aware of a threat or verbal intimidation. 11% report being aware of an assault or violent act, which is up from 9% in 2000.
• What employers are doing about it. 43% of employers offer training on handling workplace violence (nearly double that of 2000 at 23%). 57% of employers offer no training, despite the fact that the employees report an increase in their awareness of assault or violent acts in the workplace.
• Workplace stress and how employees are handling it. 28% report being stressed to the point of yelling and screaming. 36% of women cried on the job, as compared to 5% of men. Men are more than twice as likely to throw an object when dealing with stress, versus 6% of women.
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Email etiquette and habits in the workplace

• “Managing” by email. 10% of US workers say their company has used email to fire or lay off workers. 17% reported that their boss has used email to avoid difficult face to face conversations
• Think before you send. 23% of workers report receiving politically incorrect email. 15% have received emails sent in anger. 13% say that they’ve received flirtatious emails
• Common mistakes. Nearly 20% of workers reported sending an email to the wrong person. 38% have sent emails without the intended attachment.
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Employees’ Attitudes about Politics

• Presidential candidates and workplace issues. 38% of US workers feel that presidential candidates are not addressing workplace issues, including health care, retirement and pay
• Expressing political views at work. 24% of US workers believe their top managers are openly expressing their political preferences at work.
• Generational differences on talking politics at work. Younger employees (18-34) more comfortable expressing their political views than those age 50 or older.
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