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Job title squashed in worker perk poll

Jan. 24, 2013 at 10:13 AM

CHICAGO, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- A fancy title is not anywhere near the top on the list of concerns that workers indicate would keep them on the job, a survey of U.S. workers found.

If job retention is the goal, workers in a new CareerBuilder survey indicated that a flexible schedule, being able to make a difference, having challenging work and the ability to work from home were all more important that an impressive job title.

Workers also rated reimbursement for education level, having an office and a company car higher than they did a job title.

The results of the survey went along the lines of "call me anything you want, just don't call me late for dinner."

The survey also asked what perks workers felt would make the workplace more rewarding.

Half-day Fridays was named by 40 percent of the respondents as a satisfying perk, the survey found.

In addition, 20 percent indicated a fitness center at the workplace would be valuable, while 18 percent indicated wearing blue jeans would help.

Seventeen percent indicated daily catered lunches would improve their workplace. Sixteen percent indicated massages would be just the thing to make work more bearable, CareerBuilder said.

The survey was conducted by Harris Interactive. It involved 3,991 interviews with workers done between Nov. 1 and Nov 30, 2012.

The results of the survey have a margin of error of plus and minus 1.55 percentage points, a figure that has a 95 percent chance of being accurate.

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