WHAT THE DATA SAY: Free food, drinks, subsidized commuting could draw employees back to the office
By: Ray Day
We wanted to share our latest consumer and business insights, based on research from The Harris Poll, a Stagwell agency.
ECONOMIC WORRIES MIXED:
Today, 86% of Americans are concerned about the economy and inflation – down 2 points from last week and up from 82% in December.
- 83% worry about a potential U.S. recession (up 1 point)
- 80% about U.S. crime rates (no change)
- 71% about political divisiveness (down 1 point)
- 71% about affording their living expenses (down 3 points)
- 68% about the War on Ukraine (up 3 points)
- 60% about a new COVID-19 variant (up 1 point)
HALF OF GEN Z SEARCH THE WEB VERSUS CALLING A DOCTOR:
More Americans know their astrology sign (66%) and credit score (58%) than their blood type (51%) or cholesterol level (20%), according to our survey with Quest Diagnostics.
- Even fewer younger Americans know their blood type (Gen Z: 32%, Millennials: 47%).
- Younger Americans also are relying on the internet for health information. While the majority of Americans (63%) receive health advice from healthcare professionals, only 44% of Gen Z do the same. Instead, more than half of Gen Z (52%) utilize internet searches.
- Additionally, more than one in five Americans (22%) receive health advice from social media influencers, especially Gen Z (40%) and Millennials (39%) versus Gen X (18%) and Boomers (3%).
FREE FOOD, SUBSIDIZED COMMUTING COULD BRING WORKERS BACK TO OFFICE:
What will entice employees back to the office? It seems that free meals (63%), free beverages and snacks (58%), and subsidized commuting (46%) – especially for workers outside the U.S. – will go a long way. That said, remote working isn’t a novelty anymore. Flexibility has become a baseline expectation for many employees, according to Stagwell’s National Research Group’s new “2023: Understanding the new world of work report.”
- We surveyed more than 4,000 people in the United States, UK, Germany and Japan to explore how workers around the world have been navigating and adapting – and what that means for businesses that want to make a flexible world work for them, their users and their staff.
- Only 11% of respondents said they prefer working in an office full-time.
- Yet 60% have experienced issues staying engaged while working from home, and 50% have experienced a home technical issue – with tech issues growing since the start of COVID.
- Employees are hungry for new at-home tech, including hands-free screens (69%), interactive learning/skills development (66%), virtual assistants (59%), and 3D object identification and training (52%).
AMERICANS LOOK LOCALLY TO SOLVE HOMELESSNESS:
Americans believe it’s up to local governments to fix homelessness, based on our survey with Grid.
- 42% believe local governments should lead in addressing homelessness, followed by state government (26%), federal (14%), private sector (11%) and individuals (7%).
- Yet, when asked how they expected homelessness to evolve in their area in the next five years, only 17% said it would get better, 41% said it would stay about the same – with rural Americans (34% say things will get worse) having the bleakest outlook.
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As always, if helpful, we would be happy to provide more info on any of these data or insights. Please do not hesitate to reach out.
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