Money is the most important factor for happiness at work, study shows
Wednesday, 16 December 2020
Money is the most important factor for happiness at work for more than one in two Belgians, a new study shows.
Of 2,000 working Belgians surveyed by human resources company Acerta, 53% indicated a good salary as being key.
Money came in ahead of a good work-life balance (39%) and job security (35%).
“It is logical that, in times of crisis, workers return to security, and basic needs such as pay are once again a priority concern,” Acerta explained.
The survey was taken in September, at a time “unmistakably marked” by Covid-19, the company said, stating that “there is no doubt that the answers received a corona signature,” meaning the crisis influenced employees’ responses.
At the same time, while pay is important to more than half of the workers interviewed, nearly six in ten (57%) don’t know how their salary is calculated or argue that there’s a lack of transparency on their company’s paying policy.
Finally, the vast majority of employees surveyed (84%) want their pay to be flexible, in the form of a budget that allows them to make their own choices about pay and possible benefits.