April 12, 2018

Study: American workers wary of 'trickle-down' tax reform

A new study says only a third of American workers believe they will benefit from their employers' newly reduced tax rate.

In a study co-authored by Wallingford-based Marlin, a workplace communications company, less than 32 percent of workers nationwide said their employer's tax benefits would help them despite 74 percent reporting they trust their organizations.

The national study, drawing from 1,048 full- and part-time Americans, says workers who believe their employers will pass along tax reform benefits also reported organization trust.

Marlin President and CEO Frank Kenna said corporations are missing an opportunity to build trust with employees, citing the small percentage of workers who reported they will benefit from the sweeping tax overhaul.

"Employees trust us, but when they see reports claiming that corporations are passing along tax benefits, but they don't hear it from their own companies, it sows seeds of doubt," Kenna said.

A CNN report says voters are split on President Donald Trump's handling of taxes, as 45 percent approve and 47 percent disapprove. That's up 10 points from a 35 percent approval rating on tax reform just before the Republican Party's legislation passed.

Marlin has co-authored other workplace research, such as a recent study that reports about 36 percent of American workers say their company is not prepared to handle an active shooter.

Both surveys were conducted by Qualtrics Experience Management, which provides software data collection systems for market research, customer satisfaction and product and concept testing.

Sigal Barsade, a professor of management at the University of Pennsylvania, also co-authored the studies.

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