Crowd protesting Companies are hoping workers can influence politicians to cut back the amount of costly regulations. (Image: Shutterstock)

More companies are urging their employees to also be their lobbyists, according Alexander Hertel-Fernandez, an assistant professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University, and the author of “Politics at Work: How Companies Turn their Workers into Lobbyists.”

Hertel-Fernandez commissioned a survey of 1,032 workers, and found that a quarter say that they have heard about politics from their bosses. He also surveyed business leaders who ranked mobilization of employees as being about as effective at changing policy as hiring lobbyists — and even more effective than making PAC contributions.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.

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