As much as one’s salary is important, surprisingly, it’s not actually the driving factor when decisions have to be made over staying on at a company.
Nowadays, job opportunities are diverse — which means there are more roles for people to choose from and that people can pursue work based on what suits them.
According to a survey carried out by consulting firm Suite & Co, employees’ expectations of their workplace and the demands placed on an employee by his or her role have changed vastly from ten years ago.
While one might think the lure of a sleek company car or an expensed business trip to a luxury hotel would entice employees to stay on with a company, these extravagant perks have very little bearing on that choice; it’s security and comfort more than anything that employees are after within a job.
“The results show how much the needs of workers have changed over the years: the draw of a company car is a thing of the past,” said co-founder of Suite & Co, Lisa Mellinghoff.
Another important thing to bear in mind is that employees like being within a short distance of their workplace, but it’s not just the proximity to the place of residence upon which employees place importance — even the interior and exterior architecture must be visually appealing, with 76% of those surveyed saying they valued their surroundings. The size and reputation of a company comes second.
The most important thing for employees is actually just general cohesion within the company, and having a good relationship with one’s employer.
“There has to be a bit of a human touch. Workers want social interaction,” said Viktor Gilz, also a director at Suite & Co.
This includes not only recognition and praise, but support that goes beyond just the work area — 58% of those who participated in the study, for example, wanted help available with a move in the event of a job change.
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