Survey

How Lower-Level Employees are Approaching the Economic Downturn

The Invisible Team

Abstract: Invisible conducted this survey of 401 randomly sampled Lower-Level Employees on August 18, 2022. Respondents’ organizational roles included Sales Representatives, Administrators, and Technical Staff.  Read the accompanying report here.

Q1. In your opinion, how likely is it that the economy will enter a recession in the next 12 months?

  • Very likely - 37.50%
  • Somewhat likely - 43.50%
  • Somewhat unlikely - 8.75%
  • Very unlikely - 2.75%
  • I don't know - 7.50%

Q2. Has your workload increased over the last several months?

  • Yes - my workload has increased somewhat - 34.75%
  • Yes - my workload has increased significantly - 17.50%
  • No - my workload has not increased - 47.75%

Q3. In what ways is your employer preparing for a potential recession?

*Percent (Respondents) is calculated by dividing each answer count by the total unique  respondents.

  • Downsizing - 16.50% (13.39%)
  • Cutting projects - 13.00% (10.55%)
  • Freezing hiring - 20.50% (16.63%)
  • Cutting administrative costs - 17.25% (14.00%)
  • None, my company is not preparing for a recession - 49.75% (40.37%)
  • Other - 6.25% (5.07%)

Q4. In your opinion, is your company well-equipped to withstand a recession?

  • Yes - 62.75%
  • No - 37.25%

Q5. Is your company cutting projects that you were motivated to work on?

  • Yes - 26.75%
  • No - 73.25%

Q6. About how much of your organization's work is automated?

  • Not at all automated - 38.00%
  • 10% - 18.00%
  • 20% - 20.50%
  • 30% - 11.50%
  • 40% - 6.00%
  • More than 40% - 6.00%

Q7. Would automating some of your team’s work change your concern of a looming recession?

  • Yes - it would ease my concern somewhat - 24.75%
  • Yes - it would ease my concern significantly - 17.75%
  • No - it would not ease my concern - 57.50%

Q8. Do you worry that a recession could stagnate your career growth?

  • Yes - 59.50%
  • No - 40.50%

Q9. Do you worry that you will be laid off in response to the looming recession?

  • Yes - 41.75%
  • No - 58.25%

Q10. If you had to choose, is a recession a time to invest in your business more or less?

  • Yes - invest more! - 40.25%
  • No - cut costs and weather the storm - 59.75%

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