What Workers Want to Stay at Their Job

What Workers Want to Stay at Their Job

What Workers Want to Stay at Their Job

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67% of employees say they stay with their employer because they enjoy what they do, as well as work-life balance considerations.

What keeps people from leaving their employers? It depends on whom you ask. Women and older workers are more likely to cite reasons such as job satisfaction and work-life balance. As for men? You guessed it: Money remains a key factor—much more so than it is for women, according to the recent “Workforce Retention Survey” from the American Psychological Association. Overall, the findings demonstrate that today's professionals seek a broad range of positive qualities from their companies, given that they spend the majority of their waking hours at work. Ultimately, they'll stay at their jobs if the perceived value goes well beyond a paycheck. "Americans want harmony between their job demands and the other parts of their lives," says David Ballard, who heads the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program, which is designed to promote employee well-being and organizational performance. "To engage and remain competitive, top employers create an environment where employees feel connected to the organization and have a positive work experience that's part of a rich, fulfilling life." More than 1,200 employees took part in the research, which was conducted by Harris Interactive.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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