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The Social Workplace: Social Capital, Human Dignity, and Work in America, Volume II

American Enterprise Institute

October 11, 2023

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  • A majority of American workers say that having the flexibility to balance their work and personal lives is one of most important or a very important consideration when choosing a job.
  • The knowledge economy leads the way in compensating workers both monetarily and non-monetarily.
  • Despite rising to prominence during the COVID-19 pandemic, remote work is a top priority when choosing a job for just 35 percent of American workers.
  • Almost one-fifth of all currently employed Americans do some form of gig work. The most popular gig sectors are delivering food (31 percent), renting a home or property (30 percent), and driving for a rideshare company (25 percent).