Cleaner office environments and social distancing measures aren’t the only changes happening when people return to work in the office in 2022. Recent research from Cake & Arrow has shown that “healthy work-life balance” is the most important thing for American workers. , monitoring corporate culture and people.
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What mattered less? Money, location and hours – just to name a few. More importantly, people said they wanted their job to be something they enjoyed. They did not want their work to be their life.
Surprisingly, as much as the younger generations are committed to social change and their favorite causes, they have reasonable expectations of what they can do in the course of their work. While a majority of respondents said they wanted their work to make a difference, people placed less importance on a job that could “change the world”.
More than half of respondents (52%) place the same importance on finding a job with the possibility of working remotely, having health insurance and having two weeks of paid vacation. Sure, having an income level that reduces financial stress is important, according to the survey, but it can’t replace a job you love. Thirty percent of respondents earning less than $40,000 a year said they liked their job but didn’t make enough money.
Among those who said they were very satisfied with their job, only 4.8% said they were “very worried about money”. On the other hand, 57% of those who reported “a high level of financial comfort,” according to the survey, also said they enjoy their job.
It’s hard to say which comes first, though – higher pay or greater enjoyment. It goes without saying that if you love your job, you are more likely to succeed. And, if you’re successful in your job, you’ll probably appreciate it more. After all, people generally don’t like to do things they’re not good at.
What about those who do not experience pleasure or financial rewards from their work? An impressive number of respondents (74%) agreed with the statement: “The way we work is unsustainable and harms our mental health”.
Employees also feel they have solutions to finding a better work-life balance. The majority of respondents said that flexible and telecommuting-friendly hours, a four-day work week, and leisure allowance or time off would be the biggest incentive for them to opt for a new job.
In summary: a salary they can live on and the expected benefits are the bare minimum of what today’s workers want. As polls like Cake & Arrow’s begin to open employers’ eyes to workers’ demands, people may no longer have to settle for jobs that lead to long hours and eventual burnout.
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If you’re thinking of taking advantage of the tight job market and the trend of “big quits” to find a new place to work, you can think beyond benefits and salary. Think about what you really need and expect from your employer, keep looking and ask for what you want. As long as you have the credentials and the talent to back up your demands, there’s no reason you can’t enter 2022 with a better job — and a better overall work-life balance.
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