Friends – The Principle Thing that Employees are Most Thankful for

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When asked recently what employees are most thankful for in their jobs, aside from a paycheck, nearly one-quarter (24 percent) of office professionals said friendly coworkers. One in five (20 percent) respondents most appreciate a good benefits program. Workers were asked, Aside from salary, what are you most thankful for at your current job? Their responses:

Friendly coworkers 24%
Good benefits program 20%
Easy commute 16%
Challenging assignments 15%
Supportive manager 11%
Flexible hours 3%
Other 9%
Don’t know/no answer 1%

*Responses do not total 100 percent due to rounding.

The survey also revealed differences by age: Respondents over the age of 65 were most thankful for friendly coworkers (40 percent), followed by those between the ages of 18 and 34 (34 percent).

Here are 5 shifts that professionals can make to be happier at work:

  1. Socialize with coworkers. Participate in activities like team lunches or birthday celebrations. Getting to know colleagues builds camaraderie and makes working together more fun and productive.
  2. Step away from the desk. Clear your mind by taking short walks or, weather permitting, enjoying lunch outdoors. Use allotted vacation days so you get adequate time away from work.
  3. Explore flexible scheduling options. Find out if your employer supports alternative work arrangements. You may be able to reduce your commute by working from home on certain days or modifying your hours.
  4. Take advantage of perks. Make use of benefits beyond health insurance and vacation time, such as on-site exercise facilities, discount programs or dry cleaning services.
  5. Set goals and meet them. Work toward career objectives by volunteering for stretch assignments outside your normal responsibilities. Build new skills through professional development programs.

From: OfficeTeam

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