New Research Shows What Americans Value at Work

We surveyed 100 American users on job values and reveal what it means for employers
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Identifying with your job is part of the cultural fabric of American life. Although we are more than what we do for work, the first thing that often comes up in conversation after meeting someone new is “So, what do you do for a living?” The curiosity that drives this type of small talk isn’t that distant from the curiosity that powers CareerAnalytics. Perhaps the better question is “Why do you identify with what you do for a living?” To answer this question, we need to understand what distinguishes the United States from the rest of the world when it comes to job values, so we set out to find some answers.

Increase employee retention by focusing on job values

We surveyed 100 participants in the U.S., asking them to rank what they valued most when it comes to work. The answers were surprising (depending on where in the world you are reading this from).

CareerAnalytics survey shows that American job seekers prioritize revenue and income over other aspects of a career.
Figure 1. This chart represents how often a category was selected as being the “most important” compared to the others in a survey of 100 Americans’ attitudes toward job values. Source: CareerAnalytics user survey, February 9, 2022.

Money talks, and that’s evident in the 20.5% of Americans who prioritize revenue and income over other aspects of career fulfillment like work-life balance or feeling a sense of belonging at work. (Fig. 1)

For employers, this means that job retention relies heavily upon salary and opportunities for promotion. Once the anxiety of income is taken care of, we see a cultural pattern among employees who value their time above all else. When we removed pay from the survey options available, 31% of participants identified having more flexibility and time in and out of work as the most important quality that drives their career decisions (“Work-life balance”).


So what does this mean for you? Ideally, you’d take the next steps to find out with our new features including the Career Drivers and Culture assessments.

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