Does the American workforce need a new “social contract” toaccommodate such burgeoning trends as gig workers? Or is that contractalready taking shape?

That’s the question raised by a survey of U.S. managers by theAspen Institute's Future of Work Initiative, the Markle Foundation,Burson-Marsteller and Time magazine.

The research found that, while the majority of employers stillprefers to manage full-time workers, it’sa slim majority — just 56 percent. Slightly more — 58 percent —said they believe full-time employees offer greater value to thecompany over the long term.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.