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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

A majority of employees around the world say they're choosing their jobs based not just on salaries and benefits, but also social impact and their personal beliefs, according to new data.

Why it matters: That attitude represents a seismic shift that has intensified during the pandemic: People no longer work to live; they live for their work.

Details: In the U.S. and across several other large economies — including China, U.K., Brazil, India, Germany and Japan — a vast majority of people (76%) say they have higher expectations for a prospective employer now than they did three years ago, according to a special Edelman Trust Barometer report.

  • More than half (61%) say they would evaluate an employer based on considerations such as the company's stance on social issues, or its policies on employees' ability to express their political beliefs.
  • Most people globally (76%) say they feel more empowered now to take action within their organization, either by working within the system or taking issues public via whistleblowing, strikes or leaks.

These shifts have commanded employers' attention. In light of the pandemic, many now say their workers — not customers or clients — are their most important stakeholder.

  • Most employers surveyed (60%) say their employees have more power and leverage now than they had before the pandemic.
  • As a result, more companies are taking public positions on social issues, including climate change and racial equality.

Between the lines: Several pandemic-driven changes, like remote work, economic instability, and changing social habits, have caused anxiety and exhaustion among employees, pushing them to find more meaning in their work.

  • Most employees say they are working more, but many (42%) say their employer is not taking the issue of employee burnout seriously and actively taking steps to prevent it.
  • As a result, job turnover is at an all-time high, with 1 in five people saying they either quit their jobs within the last six months or plan to quit within the next six months.

What to watch: While there are challenges that come with meeting new worker expectations, the survey finds that there's upside for employers that embrace this new reality.

  • Employees who are driven by beliefs say they are much more likely to stay at an organization long-term that shares their values.

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Survey reveals public doubts about climate action before UN summit

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Data: Pew Research Center; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

New polling indicates pervasive doubts among people in 17 advanced economies about whether China and the U.S. — the world’s two largest carbon emitters — will take meaningful steps to fight climate change.

Why it matters: The Pew Research Center survey released ahead of a critical United Nations climate summit in just over six weeks reveals public skepticism over whether multilateral negotiations will succeed in confronting the problem.

DOJ sues American Airlines, JetBlue to block "unprecedented" alliance

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The Justice Department on Tuesday sued American Airlines and JetBlue to block an "unprecedented series of agreements" that will consolidate the two airlines' operations in Boston and New York City.

Why it matters: The civil antitrust complaint alleges that the planned Northeast Alliance (NEA) "will cause hundreds of millions of dollars in harm to air passengers across the country through higher fares and reduced choice," the DOJ said in a release.

FBI: Body identified as Gabby Petito, death ruled a homicide

A memorial dedicated to Gabby Petito near City Hall in North Port, Fla. Photo: Octavio Jones/Getty Images

A body found in Teton County, Wyoming, on Sunday was confirmed to be the remains of missing 22-year-old blogger Gabby Petito, the FBI announced Tuesday.

Driving the news: The death was ruled a homicide by the Teton County coroner's office, the FBI said. The cause of death has not been determined.