On December 30, 2011, Gallup provided a retrospective of the top findings for 2011. Lymari Morales summarizes trends that demonstrate the sentiment of America.
I have isolated 8 findings that HR and Learning professionals should be aware of.
- A new low 44.6% of Americans report getting their healthcare through an employer.
- Gallup reports that actively disengaged workers have lower wellbeing than those who are unemployed.
- In April, Gallup’s global employment tracking reveals that 27% of young adults in the global workforce are underemployed. In October, Gallup’s employment tracking reveals that 30% of 18- to 29-year-olds in the U.S. are underemployed.
- For the first time in Gallup history, a majority of Americans (53%) support legal gay marriage.
- Gallup finds that underemployment appears to affect the wellbeing of college graduates and postgraduates more than Americans who are less educated.
- Gallup finds that the world’s roughly 630 million would-be migrants are most likely to be young, single, educated, and relatively financially well-off.
- Americans rate their lives worse than at any time since July 2009.
- Fewer young adults in the U.S. report lacking health insurance since the new healthcare law began allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ plans up to age 26.
- Millennials continue to feel the brunt of the recession. Millennials who don’t have college degrees are underemployed in jobs that don’t allow them to even reach salaries to reach above the poverty line. College graduates settle for lesser jobs – and await the day when the economy takes off again. In the meantime, they are saddled with heavy tuition debts, which require them to delay life by living with parents and waiting for the job of the future.
- The Millennials size and cultural impact is being felt by the country. More liberal perspectives on diversity will change voting issues across the country. And it is only the beginning.
- Health insurance, despite the political debate in the country will be a critical issue going forward. As companies provide less and less benefits, two things could emerge. Millennials may ask themselves, “Why work for a large company. What is the value?” And secondly, their dependence upon institutions ranging from parents to the US Government will cause a debated discussion among benefits providers.
- Immigrants are the backbone of most countries growth initiatives. America is falling behind on it’s policies of welcoming immigrants. We would do well to look at forward thinking countries such as Australia, where the employable population has grown from 10% immigrants to 25% immigrants in it’s population increase. America is running out people to do the jobs no one else wants to do.
How do you think these 8 items will affect the future workplace?