05 October 2012 10:00
A study has revealed that, although pay rises help to keep workers content in their jobs, the key factor for a happy work life is whether they have a good relationship with their colleagues.
New research among 1,000 UK workers by Jobsite.co.uk, one of the UK's leading online recruiters, reveals that 70% of employees see their '9-to-5 buddies' as the most important factor in enjoying their job. In comparison only 55% thought money was the most important thing.
Men were less concerned with their 9-to-5 buddies, and more inclined to take money over good colleagues with 42% of males saying they would choose a higher paid job working with people they didn't get on with. In comparison, only 26% of women said they'd prefer a higher salary to good colleagues, placing a higher value on the 'people' element of their jobs.
Mike Wall, MD of Jobsite.co.uk, said: "For 40 hours a week, we leave the world we call home and enter the '9-to-5'. Whether you're at a desk job, working outside or looking for your next challenge, at Jobsite we understand that for most of us, it's the people we interact with that make the difference and who help to make the '9-to-5' more enjoyable.
He added: "It could be who you sit next to, the person you meet on the train every morning, or the recruitment consultant who goes that extra mile to help you prepare for the big interview. We want to help people share with the world just how much we all appreciate our 9-to-5 buddies with the opportunity to win some great prizes from the Jobsite team."