Free fruit, work-life balance, salary increase or even self-development? Which values count in the age of the much-vaunted New Work? The career website Xing carried out a study with 1,000 German-speaking participants and asked them what really counts for them in their job.
At the forefront is respect and fair cooperation in the company. For 98 percent of those surveyed, this is the most important factor that ensures job satisfaction. This is followed by: Appreciation for the work and performance, a fair salary and fun at work – all three aspects were essential for more than 90 percent of those surveyed.
But here, wishful thinking and reality differ widely: only around 49 percent of those surveyed said that they treated them respectfully at work and only around half had fun at work. In terms of salary, only 58 percent of those surveyed are satisfied.
Benefits and health care are of little interest
Only 23 percent of the Xing members surveyed consider small benefits and attentions such as fresh fruit important. A similar value was found for health care. What is more important for the respondents, however, is a friendly relationship with their colleagues – 72 percent rate this as very good.
45 percent of those surveyed stated that they had to differentiate between a private and a professional self. The vast majority – 63 percent – would actually like to be the same person professionally and privately.
The reasons for this disguise of their own personality gave 41 percent that the employer does not want to express their own opinion, 38 percent think that their employer does not see them as an individual and 36 percent were convinced that showing emotions in her professional environment is not desirable.
“People don’t want to have to play roles at work”
If, on the other hand, the employees were able to work independently and make their own decisions (69 percent), to do a job that they overall enjoy (63 percent) or just to bring out their own personality through their clothing, that alone ensured that 69 percent of each , 63 and 58 percent no longer felt they had to play a professional role.
“New work means that you can do what you really want and what suits you. Work is then a place of development, where people with their skills and potential are the focus. At work, people don’t want to be part of a system in which they have to play roles, they want to experience appreciation as individuals, ”says Sabrina Zeplin, managing director of Xing, summarizing the results.
If one interprets all the answers of the Xing members together, the respondents are only moderately satisfied with their working environment. And even one in four explicitly stated that they were dissatisfied at work.