What Do Workers Really Want From Their Employer?

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2015-01-28 Email

If you think compensation is in the top spot on employees' wish lists, you're wrong. Today's professionals value more than salary. They want work-life factors such as job security, a flexible schedule and the potential for advancement, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. The findings focus on what employees really want when they're assessing a job opportunity. Many are looking for a job because they're dissatisfied with their current role: The majority of these individuals said their careers are stuck in neutral, and a significant number of them will look for a new employer this year. Other professionals are motivated to move on because they're not satisfied with their managers and/or aren't receiving adequate training. Because companies are struggling to recruit talented candidates for key positions, these employees feel that they'll have the upper hand during negotiations. "While the majority of workers say they're satisfied in their jobs, an expanding economy and widespread employment gains are motivating them to consider bigger, better opportunities," says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. "Skilled workers will have more leverage this year as the competition for labor becomes more intense across a variety of job functions. In response, employers expect to increase salaries on initial job offers in 2015, and may be more willing to negotiate other perks such as flexible work arrangements." More than 3,055 workers took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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