What’s Important to Employees

Jul 8, 2009
This article is part of a series called News & Trends.

SHRM had employees use a 4-point scale to indicate what’s “very unimportant” (that’s a 1) or “very important” (that’s a 4).

The percentages below indicate how many people gave the item a 4, meaning “very important.”

The 601 full- or part-time employees were randomly selected from the U.S. telephone population.

Job security63%
Opportunity to use skills/abilities55%
Feeling safe in the work environment54%
Relationship with the immediate supervisor52%
Management recognition of employee job performance52%
Communication between employees and senior management51%
The work itself50%
Autonomy and independence47%
Flexibility to balance life and work issues46%
Meaningfulness of job45%
Overall corporate culture45%
Relationships with co-workers42%
Contribution of work to organization’s business goals39%
Job-specific training35%
Variety of work34%
Career advancement opportunities32%
Organization’s commitment to corporate social responsibility31%
Organization’s commitment to professional development30%
Paid training and tuition reimbursement programs29%
Career development opportunities22%
Organization’s commitment to a “green” workplace17%
This article is part of a series called News & Trends.