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Workplace Deal Breakers

over 6 years ago by Clare Cazaly


Workplace Deal Breakers

For most people surprisingly, money isn’t a deal breaker. Problems with management or with co-workers aren't either. A study from BambooHR has found that the top two deal breakers for most employees are;

  • A lack of opportunity to advance within the company
  • Poor work/life balance

HOWEVER, if an employee is already unhappy with several aspects of the workplace, money can become the final straw.

Of course, some workplace grievances are more serious than others, and someone’s annoyance may be another’s deal breaker. For instance, the study found that one in four women, compared with one in eight men, considered “work is not flexible with regard to your family responsibilities” a deal breaker.

It also found that within the 30-44-year-old demographic, three out of four respondents ranked this considerably annoying or a deal breaker. These rankings changed, though, based on seniority. Those in managerial-level positions accepted less flexibility regarding family responsibilities.

Another instance of one demographic having a particularly strong view on an issue was the how the 18-29-year-old range felt about compensation. For them, a low salary did turn out to be a deal breaker, whereas older age groups did not emphasise compensation the same way.

The study found that “you are expected to work/answer emails on sick days, holidays and/or after work hours” to be “polarising,” as it was ranked a deal breaker by one in three women and one in five men, but it was also ranked as acceptable by 14% of respondents.

The most acceptable situation on the list was found to be “your co-workers don’t interact outside of work.”

The situations deemed basically annoying, but not worth quitting over, were those having to do with inter-office relationships and politics. 82% of respondents were annoyed by lack of recognition and also by feeling that management is less aware of the industry than the employee or employee team.

Additionally, 78% of respondents found it annoying when co-workers experienced faster promotions. College educated employees wanted empowerment and challenging assignments from their managers.

The issues ranked as annoying, incidentally, seem likely to be solved with basic communication, while the issues deemed deal breakers tend to be more ingrained into the workplace or the office culture. This may be why quitting seems like the answer to problems like those.

SO…..Should it be down to the employees to solve every problem they encounter? Or does the management team need to make decisions to improve the environment where their employees work. This would not only to retain employees, but also to make sure that employees are happy and can be productive when they’re in the office.