Majority of Americans Think Government Could Be Doing More to Get People Back to Work, according to Adecco Survey


Beyond Political Critique, Workers Reveal Plans to Ask for More in the Workplace in 2011

MELVILLE, N.Y. (January 25, 2011) – As President Obama prepares to give his annual State of the Union address tonight, many will likely be listening for specific direction on how he plans to boost jobs creation and economic growth – given 95 percent of Americans believe he could be doing more to get Americans back to work, according to a survey by Adecco Staffing US..

According to the survey, an omnibus conducted by Opinion Research Corporation on behalf of Adecco Staffing US, part of the world’s largest recruitment and workforce solutions provider, nearly three-quarters of Americans (73 percent) believe that President Obama should change current tax policies to better encourage businesses to hire. In addition, more than 68 percent of respondents want businesses to be offered more incentives or tax breaks to encourage them to hire. Further, 67 percent would like to see the government eliminate unnecessary regulations that discourage businesses from hiring in the first place.   

“The message is loud and clear: Americans feel changes are needed in government’s approach to jobs and labor in order to get people back to work quicker,” said Tig Gilliam, CEO of Adecco Group North America. “What we have now isn’t working well enough or quick enough and people feel it, especially the unemployed. That said, Americans aren’t asking for a handout. Rather, they’d like to see some of the barriers to jobs lifted – better alignment of incentives and elimination of barriers – to free up hiring.”

The survey also shows more Americans are focused on “bulking up” their skills and expertise in 2011; one-third (35 percent) of Americans indicated they plan pursue additional training and education in 2011, up from only 21 percent in 2010. However, Americans may be planning to parlay that increased education and skill into a new job as more than 30 percent indicated they plan to look for a new job in 2011.This is especially true of younger generations; 50 percent of 18-to-34 year olds plan to look for a new job in 2011, while one quarter (26 percent) of 35-54 year olds plan to do the same.

Additional survey findings include:

  • Employees Plan to Ask for More Rewards in the Workplace in 2011: A renewed sense of confidence in the direction of the economy may be the catalyst that’s inspiring workers to ask for more in the year ahead. While only 9 percent of Americans asked for a raise, bonus or promotion at work in 2010, this year that figure will more than double, with a fifth (20 percent) of people expecting to ask for these rewards in 2011.
  • Men More Likely than Women to Look for a New Job, Expect a Raise in 2011: Compared to women, in 2011 men are more likely to look for a new job (38 percent compared to 21 percent), start a new job (34 percent compared to 22 percent) and expect a raise, bonus or promotion (41 percent compared to 29 percent).
  • Younger Generations Want Obama to Create Retro “New Deal”, Stimulus to Boost Jobs: When asked what advice they’d give President Obama to get more Americans back to work, more than half (51 percent) of 18-34 year olds would recommend he create a significant public works plan similar to the New Deal from the 1930s, whereas 41 percent of those aged 35+ do.

A similar percentage (48 percent) of 18-34 year olds would also favor the creation of a new stimulus plan, compared to only 31 percent of those 35+ who favor stimulus as a solution.

  • More Parents Plan to Pursue Education/Training for Career Advancement in 2011: For Americans with children, 46 percent plan to pursue additional education and training in the year ahead, compared to just over a quarter (29 percent) of those Americans without kids. These career boosting efforts might be paying off, too. In 2010, more than a quarter (27 percent) of parents received a raise or promotion or bonus at work, compared to 17 percent of those without children.

“The results of this survey confirm Americans want to see the government take stronger action to boost jobs creation,” said Gilliam. “When you see results that indicate only 2 percent of Americans think the efforts underway are effective – that’s a call to action for change.”

About Adecco Staffing US
Adecco Staffing US is the nation’s leading provider of recruitment and workforce solutions. We are the pre-eminent workforce management partner for Fortune 500 companies and career advisement expert for American workers, serving all of the key industries and professions that drive our economy forward. Adecco has over 900 career centers and, on any given day, connects 70,000 talented workers to the best job opportunities across the country, making us one of America’s largest employers. Please visit us at

About the Adecco Group:
The Adecco Group, based in Zurich, Switzerland, is the world's leading provider of HR solutions. With over 29,000 FTE employees and more than 5,800 offices, in over 60 countries and territories around the world, Adecco Group offers a wide variety of services, connecting more than 500,000 colleagues with over 100,000 clients every day. The services offered fall into the broad categories of temporary staffing, permanent placement, outsourcing, consulting and outplacement. The Adecco Group is a Fortune Global 500 company.

Adecco S.A. is registered in Switzerland (ISIN: CH0012138605) and is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ADEN).

About Adecco Group North America:
Every day we provide our clients with the talent they need, and help solve the business challenges they face today – and will encounter tomorrow. Our clients rely on us for a wide range of workforce solutions including:

  • Contingent staffing and direct hire recruitment for large enterprise organizations across all skill sets
  • Workforce solutions and consulting including Managed Services Programs (MSP) & Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO)
  • Career transition and leadership consulting
  • Specialty staffing, project solutions and consulting services

Additional information is available through our websites at and

About Opinion Research Corporation
Founded in 1938, Opinion Research Corporation (ORC) is a leading global market research firm with offices across the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific region. ORC is an official partner of CNN, the most trusted name in news, on the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll.

About this Adecco 2011 Workplace Outlook Survey
This survey was conducted via telephone within the United States by Opinion Research Corporation on behalf of Adecco Staffing US from January 06 – January 10, 2011 among 1,000 American adults ages 18 and older. Survey results have a margin of error +/- 3.08% for this sample size. For complete survey methodology, contact Vannessa Almeida at (212) 277-0110 (extension 244) or


Vannessa Almeida
Adecco Group North America
(727) 743-7191
Paula DeGangi
Ketchum for Adecco
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