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Research Studies

2016 Research Studies

Published November 2016

This report summarizes the results of ERC's survey of organizations in Northeast Ohio, conducted in October and November of 2016, on paid holidays.

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Published November 2016

This report summarizes the results of ERC's survey or organizations in Northeast Ohio, conducted in October and November of 2016, on practices related to holiday parties, gift-giving, and others.

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Published October 2016

This survey reports parental leave policies & practices among 97 Northeast Ohio employers and aims to gather information related to maternity & paternity leave, paid vs. unpaid leave, FMLA, and more.

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Published September 2016

This survey reports information from 117 Northeast Ohio employers on their workforces as well as on benefits, compensation, recruiting, hiring, communication, training, development, and safety practices at their organization.

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Published August 2016

This survey reports data from 145 Northeast Ohio organizations on actual wage and salary increases for 2016 as well as projected wage and salary increases for 2017. The survey is ideal for budget planning. Data is reported by industry type, organizational size and annual revenue.

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Published August 2016

This survey reports information from 87 Northeast Ohio organizations on performance management practices in the workplace, specifically related to performance reviews, performance criteria, role of the supervisor in managing performance, and other performance management issues.

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Published June 2016

This survey reports information from 60 Northeast Ohio employers on voluntary and involuntary turnover of employees and new-hires as well as HR department practices including the role of HR, common HR metrics and benchmarks, and the use of technology and information systems within the HR department.

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Published May 2016

This survey reports trends in intern and recent grad employment and compensation practices among 107 Northeast Ohio employers.

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2015 Research Studies

Published December 2015

This survey reports policies and practices related to how 98 Northeast Ohio employers deal with employee absenteeism and pay during inclement or adverse weather conditions.

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Published December 2015

This survey reports information from 145 Northeast Ohio employers about on payroll practices including payroll administration, departments responsible for payroll processing, types of paycheck stubs used, payroll systems, pay practices for exempt and non-exempt employees, frequency of pay, and issues involving direct deposit.

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Published November 2015

This survey reports information from 130 Northeast Ohio employers about which holidays they plan to observe as full-day or half-day paid holidays in 2016.

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Published November 2015

This survey reports information from 136 Northeast Ohio employers about their holiday parties, holiday gift-giving and bonuses, as well as other general holiday practices.

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Published November 2015

This survey reports data from 122 Northeast Ohio employers about their healthcare and wellness practices and metrics.

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Published August 2015

This survey reports information from 101 Northeast Ohio employers on their workforces as well as on benefits, compensation, recruiting, hiring, communication, training, development, and safety practices.

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Published August 2015

This survey reports information from 136 Northeast Ohio employers on actual wage and salary increases for 2015 as well as projected wage and salary increases for 2016.

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Published August 2015

This survey reports information from 56 Northeast Ohio employers on talent management practices related to employee engagement, defining & retaining top/key talent, succession planning, training & development and reward & recognition.

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Published July 2015

This report summarizes the results of ERC's survey of organizations in Northeast Ohio, conducted in May-June of 2015, on FMLA practices.

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Published June 2015

This report summarizes the percent of companies reporting employee use of personal phones versus company-provided phones for business.

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Published June 2015

This report summarizes the results of ERC's survey of organizations in Northeast Ohio, conducted in March & April of 2015, on practices related to hiring trends & practices.

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Published May 2015

Reports trends in intern and recent grad employment and compensation practices among 102 Northeast Ohio employers.

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2014 Research Studies

Published December 2014

Reports information from 104 Northeast Ohio organizations related to the policies & practices employers use to deal with employee absenteeism and pay during inclement or adverse weather conditions.

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Published November 2014

Reports information from 154 Northeast Ohio employers about which holidays they plan to observe as full-day or half-day paid holidays in 2015.

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Published November 2014

Reports information from 164 Northeast Ohio organizations on holiday party practices and other holiday-related workplace issues including gift-giving, bonuses and community service.

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Published November 2014

Reports updated paid holidays off for the 2014/2015 holiday season from 115 Northeast Ohio organizations.

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Published August 2014

Reports actual wage and salary increases for 2014 as well as projected wage and salary increases for 2015 from 145 Northeast Ohio organizations.

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Published August 2014

Reports information from 111 Northeast Ohio employers on their workforces as well as on benefits, compensation, recruiting, hiring, communication, training, development, and safety practices at their organizations.

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Published July 2014

Reports common pay differentials for hourly employees, including shift differentials, lead premiums, overtime, and on-call pay practices among 71 Northeast Ohio employers.

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Published July 2014

Reports trends on performance management practices in the workplace, specifically related to performance reviews, performance criteria, role of the supervisor in managing performance, and other performance management issues among 100 Northeast Ohio employers.

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Published April 2014

Reports trends in intern and recent grad employment and compensation practices among 133 Northeast Ohio employers.

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2013 Research Studies

Published December 2013

Reports information from 119 Northeast Ohio organizations related to the policies & practices employers use to deal with employee absenteeism and pay during inclement or adverse weather conditions.

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Published November 2013

Reports information from 164 Northeast Ohio organizations on which holidays they plan to observe as full or half day paid holidays in 2014. The survey also provides information on holiday shutdown practices and special issues pertaining to the 2014 holiday schedule.

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Published November 2013

Reports information from 162 Northeast Ohio organizations on holiday party practices and other holiday-related workplace issues including gift-giving, bonuses and community service.

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Published October 2013

Reports information on payroll practices among 179 Northeast Ohio employers including payroll administration, departments responsible for payroll processing, types of paycheck stubs used, payroll systems, pay practices for exempt and non-exempt employees, frequency of pay, and issues involving direct deposit.

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Published September 2013

Reports on the wellness practices and health insurance metrics of 102 Northeast Ohio employers.

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Published August 2013

Reports actual wage and salary increases for 2013 as well as projected wage and salary increases for 2014 from 139 Northeast Ohio organizations.

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Published August 2013

Reports the green and environmentally–friendly as well as community service policies and practices of 67 Northeast Ohio organizations.

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Published August 2013

Reports information from 122 Northeast Ohio employers on their workforces as well as on benefits, compensation, recruiting, hiring, communication, training, development, and safety practices at their organizations.

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Published July 2013

Reports information on Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) practices from 120 Northeast Ohio organizations related to FMLA administration, certification, and notice of leave. The survey also reports metrics pertaining to FMLA usage and challenges employers experience in administering FMLA.

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Published June 2013

Reports trends in local hiring practices ranging from background and drug screening, to references and pre-employment testing, as well as common local hiring metrics and other factors of the hiring process that influence employers’ ability to attract talent among 114 Northeast Ohio employers.

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Published April 2013

Reports trends in intern and recent grad employment and compensation practices among 122 Northeast Ohio employers.

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2012 Research Studies

Published December 2012

Reports information collected from 126 Northeast Ohio organizations related to the policies & practices employers use to deal with employee absenteeism and pay during inclement or adverse weather conditions.

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Published November 2012

Reports information collected from 202 Northeast Ohio organizations on which holidays they plan to observe as full or half day paid holidays in 2013 as well as on holiday shutdown practices and other special issues pertaining to the 2013 holiday schedule.

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Published November 2012

Reports trends on holiday party practices and other holiday-related workplace issues including gift-giving, bonuses and community service from 186 Northeast Ohio organizations.

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Published November 2012

Reports trends in social media policies and practices among 114 Northeast Ohio employers on issues ranging from what restrictions are placed on employee social media usage to how organizations are engaging various social media platforms for official business activities.

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Published October 2012

Reports trends in talent management practices among 102 Northeast Ohio employers by gathering information related to employee engagement, defining/retaining top/key talent, succession planning, training & development and rewards & recognition.

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Published August 2012

This survey collected information from 154 Northeast Ohio organizations on actual wage and salary increases for 2012 as well as projected wage and salary increases for 2013. The survey is ideal for budget planning. Data is reported by industry type, organizational size and annual revenue.

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Published August 2012

Reports data on local trends for 100 organizations in Northeast Ohio in regards to general workforce as well as benefits, compensation, recruiting, hiring, communication, training, development, and safety practices.

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Published August 2012

Reports information collected from 69 Northeast Ohio organizations on attendance policies and scheduled/unscheduled absence issues in the workplace.

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Published July 2012

Reports trends in performance management practices among 83 Northeast Ohio employers on performance reviews, performance criteria, role of the supervisor in managing performance, and other performance management issues.

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Published May 2012

This report summarizes the results of ERC's survey of organizations in Northeast Ohio, conducted in March/April of 2012, related to turnover of employees as well as HR department practices.

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Published May 2012

Reports trends in drug testing policies and practices as they relate to hiring for hourly and salaried positions as well as the frequency with which failed drug tests impact employment decisions among 167 Ohio employers.

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Published May 2012

Reports trends in intern and recent grad employment and compensation practices among 117 Northeast Ohio employers.

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Published January 2012

Reports Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) practices among 134 participating Northeast Ohio organizations related to FMLA administration, certification, and notice of leave; reports metrics pertaining to FMLA usage and challenges employers experience in administering FMLA.

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2011 Research Studies

Published November 2011

Reports holidays that 242 participating employers in Northeast Ohio plan to observe as full day and half day paid holidays in 2012.

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Published November 2011

Reports trends in holiday party practices and other holiday-related workplace issues including gift-giving, bonuses, and community service among 152 Northeast Ohio employers.

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Published September 2011

Reports data on common pay differentials provided by Northeast Ohio employers for hourly employees, including shift differentials, lead premiums, overtime, and on-call pay practices

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Published August 2011

Reports actual wage and salary increases and formal pay range adjustments from 2010-2011 as well as projected wage and salary increases and formal pay range adjustments for 2011-2012 among 129 Northeast Ohio employers.

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Published August 2011

Reports data on local trends for 108 organizations in Northeast Ohio in regards to general workforces as well as benefits, compensation, recruiting, hiring, communication, training, development, and safety practices.

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Published May 2011

Reports trends in intern and recent grad employment and compensation practices among 102 Northeast Ohio employers.

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Published March 2011

Reports trends in hiring and selection practices among 117 Northeast Ohio employers.

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Published January 2011

Reports trends in health care and wellness practices among 90 Northeast Ohio employers.

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2010 Research Studies

Published November 2010

Reports holidays that 229 participating employers in Northeast Ohio plan to observe as full day and half day paid holidays in 2011.

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Published September 2010

Reports trends in job description and job titling practices among 78 Northeast Ohio employers on practices related to how organizations create and manage job descriptions, and determine and use job titles.

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Published August 2010

Reports trends in employee relations practices among 105 Northeast Ohio employers on practices related to employee handbooks and policies; feedback, suggestions, and communication; and retention.

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Published August 2010

Reports trends in how organizations are dealing with the most current health care reform issues among 50 Northeast Ohio employers.

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Published May 2010

Reports trends in staffing practices among 71 Northeast Ohio employers on their current staffing priorities, recruiting and selection methods, and staffing metrics (time to fill, cost per hire, and quality of hire).

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Published March 2010

Reports current issues and trends in 401(K) plan administration among 93 Northeast Ohio employers and provides a review of current practices noted in other research on a national level as a comparison and supplemental reference.

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Published March 2010

Reports trends in training and development practices among 54 Northeast Ohio employers on administering training, identifying and prioritizing training needs, annual training activities, evaluating training, and employee development practices.

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Published February 2010

Reports trends in department size and organizational structure among 44 Northeast Ohio employers in regards to average department size across 14 business functions, general organizational structure, levels of direct reporting, and span of control.

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Published January 2010

Reports how 101 Northeast Ohio organizations have responded to the economic challenges of the past year and their expectations for staffing, compensation, rewards, and other HR programs in 2010; details practices surrounding business performance, adjustments to compensation and rewards practices, specific changes to HR programs, staffing expectations, and reduction in force practices including steps taken prior to layoffs, severance pay, outplacement assistance, continuation of benefits, and early retirement incentives.

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ERC frequently conducts research studies of the region's employers. The results of these studies are available to be downloaded and accessed free of charge.

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