Salary not important for New Zealand workers

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 06, 2011 04:20 hrs

Auckland, Jan 6 (IANS) Work environment, company culture and workplace morale are the most important factors for New Zealand officegoers, while salary is one of the least significant of all, a study has found.

A survey of 4,000 people by jobs website found that among workers who consider themselves 'happy' in their jobs, work environment topped the list, followed by training and development, company culture, workplace morale and human relations approach.

Salary was in 11th place, the New Zealand Press Association (NZPA) reported.

For those 'unhappy' in their work, salary was in seventh place. executive Helen Souness said most people were looking for their managers to be 'supportive and approachable', to 'demonstrate their appreciation' and 'provide opportunities for growth within the organisation'.

Employee happiness was a direct product of a positive work environment, she said.

Of those employees who were happy, 68 percent said they were willing to raise their productivity because they felt motivated by their employer.

For those people who recently changed jobs or who were looking for a new job, the top reason for moving was wanting a new challenge, with 28 percent of respondents listing that as the reason for a move.

The second highest reason was not feeling appreciated at work, chosen by 23 percent.

However, 29 percent of people listed salary as the most important aspect in the choice of their future employer.

The survey found highest levels of happiness in healthcare and medical sectors, where 74 percent people said they were happy in their role.