"In a turbulent year, these results speak wonders for the power of employee ownership," said J. Michael Keeling, president of the Employee Ownership Foundation. "On the other hand, this survey and most news reports show that American companies are hurting, profits are down, and layoffs are taking place across the country. Objective academic research evidences that employee owned companies are higher performing, have high employee retention rates, and have employees that are more motivated and productive. Our national leaders need to promote policies to encourage more companies to become employee owned through an ESOP to create a more fair and equitable society."
In addition, the survey asked companies to indicate their performance in 2008 relative to 2007:
- 50.9% indicated a better performance; 39.7% indicated a worse performance; 9.4% indicated a nearly identical performance as the previous year
- 57.9% indicated revenue increased; 42.1% indicated revenue did not increase
- 50.4% indicated profitability did increase; 49.6% indicated that profitability did not increase
- 65% of survey respondents indicated the ESOP improved the overall productivity of the company's employees
- 51.3% of companies that responded indicated they have created an employee participation program since establishing the ESOP
The 2009 Economic Performance Survey was distributed to The ESOP Association's over 1,400 members in May 2009. The results are based on 429 responses, a 31% response rate.