About The Study

The Emerging Workforce® Study uncovers significant trends in worker mindsets and employer practices, in the context of ongoing social and economic events. This groundbreaking research helps companies make more informed decisions to positively drive employee engagement, productivity and retention.


History of the Study

In 1997, Spherion® launched the Emerging Workforce Study, a research initiative designed to provide a comprehensive portrait of the American workforce and how it was changing, within the context of ongoing social and economic events. Through the internationally renowned Harris Poll, Spherion has continued to track and study the changing attitudes of the American workforce and the resulting implications for U.S. employers through subsequent studies conducted in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Methodology

The 2015 Emerging Workforce Study was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll—on behalf of Spherion—from March 20 to April 13, 2015, among 225 human resource managers. Results were weighted as needed to reflect the composition of U.S. companies, based on company revenue. An online survey of 2,027 employed adults, ages 18 and older, was also conducted by Harris Poll—on behalf of Spherion—from March 17 to April 7, 2015. Results were weighted as needed for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income to represent the target population. No estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. (A full methodology is available by request.)