Tuesday, January 22, 2008

What Matters Most

If you think money really matters most, you're not thinking like most workers.

What's essential is being well taken care of while you're giving your all to your job.

Health insurance, job security and clear policies and procedures are the most important attributes in a job, according to a survey for the Center for State and Local Government Excellence.

All three were rated very important by 82 to 84 percent of the 1,200 adults in the telephone survey. About 3 percent said those were not important.

Respondents were asked to rank 15 workplace benefits and characteristics.

Rounding out the top five were retirement or pension plans, at 76 percent, and a flexible, family-friendly atmosphere, at 71 percent.

And money -- how much you earn -- ranked 10th, between contributing to society and having a creative and intellectually stimulating job.

Those three job attributes were very important to two-thirds of those surveyed but not quite as important as working with talented managers.

-- Vickie Elmer

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