Workers Willing To Do Without For On-The-Job Happiness

By Christopher Seward
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Here’s something to think about: What are you willing to give up to land or keep a job that will make you happy?

The overwhelming majority of American workers (60 percent) are willing to accept a lower position or title if it means their new role will make them happier, according to a new survey from Spherion, a staffing firm.

Workers also are willing to work in a less flexible environment (60 percent) and have less private office space (76 percent) in exchange for a more contentment. What they are less willing to do, however, is take a pay cut or give up health benefits, the survey found.

The poll was conducted Aug. 13-15 and involved 2,016 adults ages 18 and older, of which 882 were employed full-time or part-time.

A similar poll just before Valentines earlier this year found workers were willing to sacrifice their careers for love.

Among the other findings:
_ 41 percent of workers would give up vacation time, 401(k) contributions and other job perks for a happier work life.
_ 31 percent would relinquish their health benefits.
_ 81 percent said they would be happier at an established company over a start-up (19 percent).

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