About The Study

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

History of the Study
More than 15 years ago, Spherion® consulted with international polling firm Nielsen Consumer Insights (Harris Interactive) to launch the Emerging Workforce® Study, a research initiative designed to provide a comprehensive portrait of changes in the American workforce in the context of on-going social and economic events. 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 1997, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2014.

The 2014 Emerging Workforce Study was conducted online or by phone within the United States by Nielsen Consumer Insights (Harris Interactive) on behalf of Spherion February 3-April 11, 2014 among 230 human resource managers. Results were weighted as needed to reflect the composition of U.S. companies, based on company revenue. An online survey of 2,019 employed adults was also conducted by Nielsen on behalf of Spherion February 3-28, 2014. 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.