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Work Trends Surveys

In 2004, the Heldrich Center conducted a national survey of American workers and employers to identify the extent to which workers and employers were continuing to be affected by economic issues and business restructuring during the post-9/11 recession.

In 2003, the Heldrich Center conducted a national survey of American workers to identify the extent to which workers were affected by economic issues and business restructuring during the 2000-2003 recession. The survey showed that the economic situation during that period cut a wide swath of dislocation throughout the US economy, with nearly one in five American workers reporting that they were laid off from their jobs during the three-year period.

In 2002, the Heldrich Center conducted a national survey of American workers on their views related to discrimination in the workplace -- how they perceive and experience discrimination, as well as what they expect government and employers to do about it. The survey was conducted in partnership with the Center for Survey Research and Analysis at the University of Connecticut.

In 2003, the Heldrich Center conducted a national survey of employers to identify barriers to hiring people with disabilities and strategies needed to increase workplace accessibility for all workers. The survey was conducted in partnership with Dr. Doug Kruse at the Program for Disability Research/Rutgers School of Labor and Management Relations and funded as part of the Center’s National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research grant with the University of Iowa. To date, the survey has been one of the most downloaded research products from the Heldrich Center’s website.

In 2000, 2002, and 2005, the Heldrich Center conducted three national surveys (Second Wind, Taking Stock of Retirement, and A Work-Filled Retirement) on the topic of older American workers to identify worker issues related to retirement plans, social security and pension concerns, thoughts about the economy and their future, as well as their post-retirement employment plans. The Center’s Work Trends surveys have been featured in more than 200 newspaper and broadcasts worldwide.

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