Hands up if you’d appreciate a salary increase right now. It’d be a help, right?
Amid the ongoing energy and cost of living crisis, almost everyone is feeling the pinch of household inflation. Despite this, 83 per cent of knowledge workers recently surveyed say they are willing to earn less, if it means enjoying work more.
Alongside a continuously improving awareness and consideration of mental health and wellbeing, for the vast majority, personal satisfaction that comes from a healthy relationship with work trumps better compensation.
The survey included over 15,000 workers across Europe, specifically the UK, France, Germany and Spain, and also the US, Australia, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, India and Indonesia.
The pandemic, when traditional working models were upended, had the biggest effect on our relationships with work, with 57 per cent of knowledge workers saying that post-pandemic has been a pivotal time in redefining their relationship with work.
In Germany, just 41 per cent of respondents agreed with this statement, while in emerging markets there was greater agreement with the sentiment, including a high of 73 per cent in Indonesia.
On a global level, 58 per cent of knowledge workers say their expectation of the quality of their relationship with work has increased in recent years. This falls to 53 per cent for the European participants surveyed.
Expectations of how workers are treated by their workplace have also increased in the past two to three years. For Europeans, 51 per cent agreed expectations were higher, compared to the global average of 57 per cent.
Younger workers want more
Gen Z and Millennials are demanding more of their workplaces. As trends such as quiet quitting and lazy girl jobs continue to emerge, it’s perhaps unsurprising that 65 per cent of Gen Z and 65 per cent of Millennial workers say their expectations of their own relationship with work has increased since the pandemic, compared to just 51 per cent of Gen X and 43 per cent of Boomers.
These figures are very similar when looking at the percentage of knowledge workers who say their expectation of how they’re treated by work and their workplace has also increased: 65 per cent of Gen Z, 63 per cent of Millennials, 52 per cent of Gen X and 44 per cent of Boomers.
How much salary workers are willing to trade in for better working terms is significant.
Of those surveyed, workers would give 13per cent of their salary to work where they want, 13 per cent to work when they want, and 11 per cent for above-average employee engagement. Again, percentages were higher in Gen Z and Millennials than Gen X and Boomers.
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