According to an international survey, work-life balance is more important for employees in the long term than the possibility of building a career, Hungarian job-seeking site Profession.hu said in a statement. According to them, Boston Consulting Group (BCG) conducted a global survey this year with the involvement of Profession.hu, among others, examining the attitudes and preferences of employees regarding job search and employment.
In the research based on a survey of 90,000 people – including Hungarians – in 160 countries, every seventh respondent indicated that the most dominant non-financial preference for long-term employment was work-life balance, regardless of region or age group. For 41% of respondents, it was important to advance in their career within their company. The third most important aspect was that employees should be exposed to interesting products, services, topics, and technologies in their workplace.
It turns out that people prefer fixed jobs to the seemingly more flexible and prevalent part-time activities.
According to the survey, 75% of respondents prefer the traditional employee status and the five day work week that goes with it. However, 54 percent prefer the home office option, i.e. a hybrid working model.
The survey also showed that although the main long-term expectation of employees is work-life balance, the pay package (salary and bonuses) becomes the most important factor when considering a job contract. 21% of respondents consider inadequate pay as a disqualifying factor for a job offer.
19% of respondents would not accept a job offer if there was no work-life balance, and 15% would not accept a job offer if there was no future stability.
The survey also stressed the importance of a positive employee experience in the recruitment process, which is often the first direct experience of the company and its culture. Two thirds of respondents said that a company can stand out as an employer by having a smooth recruitment process. In connection with that, Lili Simon-Göröcs, HR Director of Profession.hu, said that most people still prefer to participate in face-to-face interviews, with digital workers and younger generations surprisingly preferring traditional selection processes.
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