What's Important in a Job? An Analysis of What Matters and for Whom

Brief

What's Important in a Job? An Analysis of What Matters and for Whom

February 4, 2021

Abstract

Workers are facing many immediate concerns right now—such as access to health care, job security, and flexible scheduling—that are all elements of job quality that may vary significantly by job, employer, and industry. Workers may value aspects of their job differently in varying circumstances. For example, workers with significant child care responsibilities may have a greater need for flexible scheduling, whereas young people just starting out their career may have a greater desire for training and advancement opportunities. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the related economic recession, workers’ issues are at the forefront of many policy spaces and, more than ever, it is important to understand what individual workers need from their jobs. In this brief, we analyze how preferences for different job quality elements vary based on worker characteristics, as well as how employers and policymakers might think about how to bundle these elements to create and sustain “good jobs.”

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