Study: Having Good Colleagues Is More Important Than High Salary

News & Views | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 07/08/2014 | 10:00 AM EDT

British study finds that most workers prefer a satisfying work environment over a bigger paycheck

When it comes to being on the job, getting along with co-workers and relative work enjoyment is far more important than having a high salary, according to a new British study.

The detailed study of work attitudes found that many factors outweigh the paycheck, such as relationships with colleagues, self-worth, and the nature of the job itself, reports the Daily Mail.


Eight in ten of the 2,000 people polled said they would turn down a big salary increase if it meant working with people or in an environment they didn’t like. In essence, researchers found that the more money, the more definite the problems may be.

The results of the study - which was conducted by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) - speaks to a larger focus on self-satisfaction, revealing that despite perceptions of people being selfish and money-hungry, happiness in the workspace trumps having a more secure bank account.

The study also found a third of respondents had left a job despite it being well paid, mainly because they felt the added pressure wasn’t worth it. Others, however, simply felt they weren’t given the right appreciation from senior staff or the role stopped challenging them.

Seventy-five percent of those polled said that they would struggle to accept a job that gave them more money if they knew it would be a lot more stressful. In fact, pay was only the sixth biggest factor for people staying in their current job. Brits polled showed that they instead see the value in good relationships with those around them, enjoying the role and the commuting time over how much their salary is.


Only 15 percent of polled workers actively disliked their current job. When asked why they were unhappy, respondents were more likely to feel the nature of the work was dull and unfulfilling or that their boss didn’t appreciate them than they were to say their pay was too low.

While the study reflected only the thoughts of British workers, it begs the question whether American workers would respond in similar ways.

What do you think Centric fam? Is a good work environment more important than a higher salary? Sound off.

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