Robert Walters, leading specialist recruitment consultancy, recently released the results of a survey of US professionals. The survey found that more than half of US respondents determine job satisfaction by a good work/life balance or the ability to take on and overcome challenges.
More than 600 US professionals were surveyed on a variety of employment related issues ranging from work/life balance and productivity to career satisfaction and benefits.
Respondents were asked to choose which of five listed factors most determines their personal job satisfaction. 29% selected ‘good work/life balance’, 25% selected ‘taking on and overcoming challenges and 21% chose ‘good remuneration and benefits’. Only 18% of respondents determined job satisfaction based on ‘achieving status and positions of responsibility’ and a small 4% chose ‘helping others’.
Kurt Kraeger, Managing Director of Robert Walters (New York) commented:
"Gone are the days when employees are satisfied with their careers purely based on compensation and benefits. US professionals value a good work/life balance more than compensation earned for long hours. We’ve realized that it is possible to have a career and a life outside of the office and the objective for many is achieving the right balance."
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