Study Results Reveal Employee Perceptions Are Substantially Different Between Employees In Unions And Their Unaffiliated Counterparts

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Results of a recent study on employee perceptions conducted by Lightspeed Research- The Foresight Group revealed substantial differences between employees in unions and their unaffiliated counterparts. Examination of Foresight's normative data representing over 1.5 million employees worldwide indicates that employee feedback on a number of topics tends to be less favorable among employees classifying themselves as members of a labor union.

While voice and respect are often the reasons cited for bringing in third-party representation, pay and benefits issues are often one of the main components of any bargaining agreement. Because of this, it is no surprise to see compensation rated more favorably among union employees

Results of a recent study on employee perceptions conducted by Lightspeed Research- The Foresight Group revealed substantial differences between employees in unions and their unaffiliated counterparts.

Examination of Foresight's normative data representing over 1.5 million employees worldwide indicates that employee feedback on a number of topics tends to be less favorable among employees classifying themselves as members of a labor union. For example, 72% of non-unionized employees responded favorably when asked about their levels of job satisfaction in contrast to 63% among unionized employees. Similarly, 48% of non-unionized employees indicated they are satisfied with their benefits packages compared to 39% among unionized employees. The biggest difference between these two groups is their perceptions of workplace diversity, where non-unionized employees responded more favorably than unionized workers by 30%.

"The differences in employee perceptions between non-unionized groups and unionized groups can often be dramatic" explains Sharon Parker, Director and Senior Consultant at the Foresight Group. Parker indicates that most groups represented by a union include a large number of hourly employees and they tend to hold less favorable views of their organization than their salaried counterparts. This general lack of favorability in perceptions can result when employees feel that do not have a voice in the organization, when employee engagement is low or when they do not feel valued for the work that they do.

In a review of over 42 employee survey questions covering issues such as management practices, recognition and management communications, only one area showed more favorable results for unionized employees compared to non-unionized employees. Forty-two percent of unionized employees surveyed indicated they were satisfied with their compensation, whereas 30% of non-unionized employees reported favorable results. "While voice and respect are often the reasons cited for bringing in third-party representation, pay and benefits issues are often one of the main components of any bargaining agreement. Because of this, it is no surprise to see compensation rated more favorably among union employees," indicates Parker.

Lightspeed Research - The Foresight Group
Lightspeed Research-The Foresight Group, a WPP (WPPGY) company in the Kantar Group, is a leader in survey research, consulting and technology. The Foresight Group helps global companies convert employee and customer survey data into actions that create a more engaged high performance workforce and increase customer loyalty.

The company's expertise in employee engagement, high performance organizations, and extensive normative benchmark data, delivered through a proprietary ASP survey technology, has made them an industry leader in employee research.

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Christy Kessler
Lightspeed Research- The Foresight Group
(847) 726-4040 ext 234

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