Survey Questions Employees about Priorities

Finding time for family is a higher priority for workers than fear of layoffs, a recent survey shows.

Finding time for family is a higher priority for workers than fear of layoffs, a recent survey shows.

When asked to rate their number-one career concern, nearly one-third (32 percent) of workers polled said the ability to balance business and personal demands. Twenty-two percent cited job security, while another 18 percent identified earning a competitive salary as their top priority.

The survey was developed by OfficeTeam, a staffing service specializing in highly skilled administrative professionals.

Survey respondents were asked, "What is your number-one concern about your career in 2002?" Their responses were:

  • Being able to balance work and family demands (32 percent)
  • Job security (22 percent)
  • Earning a competitive salary (18 percent)
  • Keeping technical skills current (12 percent)
  • Having a greater need for an advanced degree or certification (10 percent)
  • Other (4 percent)
  • Don''t know/no answer (2 percent)

"Recent world events have prompted many people to reassess their priorities and place greater importance on personal pursuits," says Liz Hughes, executive director of OfficeTeam. "As a result, flexible schedules may hold greater appeal than career advancement or increased compensation."

Hughes adds that companies that help workers achieve greater work/life balance are frequently rewarded with higher productivity levels and reduced turnover. "Small steps such as additional time off and family-friendly benefits can go a long way toward addressing staff concerns and increasing loyalty to the firm," she says.

by Sandy Smith ([email protected])

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