With 2020 defined by a global pandemic and protests demanding more social justice in America, US workers expect more commitment from their superiors and the companies they work for -- even concerning issues that don't directly impact their business.
A recent survey, conducted on 4469 Americans by Just Capital (a non-profit platform that ranks businesses according to certain factors such as environmental or community impact), confirms this trend. "Every aspect of society has been roiled by the global pandemic, the economic fallout, and the national reckoning with racial injustice. The country has been shaken to its core," reads a Just Capital press release.
The social turmoil that has been shaking up America in the past few months has had a big effect on what Americans expect from top corporate CEOs. The poll shows that 68% of those surveyed want their boss to be more vocal about social and racial justice, a 10% increase compared to last year's poll.
The pandemic has also contributed to a change in priorities in terms of what employees expect from their firms, especially since the global health crisis; 37% of Americans believe that employees are the top priority (+17% increase over last year).
Among respondents who believe that CEOs have a responsibility, two out of three said that top managers should be more committed to social and environmental issues, even if they don't directly impact their business. Only one respondent out of two shared this belief in 2019.