Employee-Ownership Briefing Paper 1.3

Ownership Associates, Inc.
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Ownership Associates, Inc.
In the 28 years since Congress established Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs), over 10,000 U.S. companies have adopted and maintained ESOPs—dozens of studies have evaluated the effects of ESOP on company performance. After reviewing the research literature, Dr. Douglas Kruse concluded: “25 years of research shows that employee ownership often leads to higher-performing workplaces and better compensation and work lives for employees.” Study 1 (below) indicates that this “ownership effect” averages 2 to 3% per year on a variety of measures. The effect is significantly enhanced in companies which encourage employees to think and act like owners by developing an ownership culture (see Study 2 below.)
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