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Most Americans Would Take a Pay Cut for AI Assistance

Posted by Matt Birchler
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Sara Korolevich: Insights From American Workers: A Comprehensive Survey on AI in the Workplace

This study is full of fascinating numbers, but I wanted to call out a couple in particular.

57% of American workers β€” 53% of Boomers, 49% of Gen Xers, 59% of Millennials, and 65% of Gen Xers β€” said they would take a pay cut in exchange for an AI-enabled four-day workweek.

And:

Boomers, Gen Xers, and Millennials agreed on their most preferred pay cut amount of 10%, while Gen Zers said they would forfeit up to 15% of their pay to work less if AI could help them do their job more efficiently. Workers have made it clear: they prefer to spend less time on the job even if it means sacrificing their own money.

I love the idea of a 4 day work week, but let’s be real, no productivity gains are going to lead to widespread reductions in work hours. It does feel like there’s a general air of burnout in the air the last couple years, so I totally get the desire and would welcome it myself.

74% of Americans β€” 70% of Boomers, 69% of Gen Xers, 78% of Millennials, and 79% of Gen Zers β€” said they believe AI layoffs are going to occur within the next six months to two years.

Say what you will about β€œAI” being β€œjust another fad” like web3, but the web3 wishes it had anywhere near that many normal people thinking it was going to do anything at all.