Meaning of Work study examines workers’ desires
In cooperation with the market research institute YouGov, 2,042 employees were asked which aspects of their work are most important to them. As part of the “Meaning of Work” study, the participants had the opportunity to choose five of 14 different factors that they considered to have the highest priority at work. The selection options included both classic goals such as salary or bonuses, but also social factors such as flexible working hours or the number of vacation days. The result of the study was very surprising for many labor market experts.
90 percent cite fun as the most important factor
Because contrary to what you might expect, for the majority of those surveyed, salary is not the top priority. 90 percent of the people surveyed say that having fun at work is most important to them. Labor market expert Annina Hering is also observing this development: “The self-image of work has changed, today people want a job that fulfills them,” emphasized the expert in the context of the study. Only after that comes the salary (83 percent) and the possibility of self-realization (64 percent) for employees in Germany.
Employees are demanding more pay transparency
If one looks at the results in relation to the different genders, it is also noticeable that men give financial factors a slightly higher priority than women. 56 percent of men rate financial factors as the most important, compared with 51 percent for women. When it comes to a raise, however, both genders respond equally – 64 percent would rather have a raise than a promotion.
In addition, both groups would like more transparency in terms of salary. For example, 60 percent of male and 65 percent of female employees would advocate that employers make the average salaries for the various positions within the company public. The majority of employees would also like concrete salary information in the job advertisement.
18- to 24-year-olds hope for a good working atmosphere
More than every second employee also states that a good working atmosphere and nice colleagues are most important at work (59 percent). Especially among the 18 to 24-year-olds surveyed, the working atmosphere seems to be a crucial point. Here, even two thirds answer that a pleasant working environment is their top priority.
The opportunities for further training also play a decisive role for the younger population group. 72 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds stated in the survey that they would like to continue their vocational training in the next five years. The main focus here is on individual further development and the acquisition of new knowledge and additional qualifications.
Supervisors are the most important factor for only 22 percent of employees.
Pauline Breitner / editors Forex-news.com.net
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