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U.S. employees thankful for job stability and flexibility, survey says

Wednesday, December 21, 2011  
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When it comes to their jobs, one-quarter of employed Americans are most thankful for job stability, according to the Heald College "Workplace Thankfulness Survey.” But job flexibility was a close second.

For the second consecutive year, Heald College asked employed Americans to identify what they were most grateful for in their work life other than pay. Second to job stability, Americans (22 percent) are most grateful for flexibility in their schedules, consistent with last year's survey at 24 percent.

"With the demands and distractions put on today's family, it's no wonder flexibility is so important and so valued,” Lozada said. "People understand that work/life balance is something that is absolutely necessary for both mental and physical health. In essence, we are seeing more and more people pursuing careers in industries that offer long-term stability and/or flexibility.”

Men were more likely to be thankful for job stability than women (26 percent vs. 19 percent.) American women aged 55 and over are more likely to be thankful for finding personal fulfillment in their work compared than women under 55 (25 percent vs. 13 percent).

Nearly 30 percent of Americans older than 65 are most thankful for having job satisfaction. Only 17 percent of respondents under the age of 65 gave the same response.

"Even though the economy has made some modest gains over the last year, there is still a general uneasiness about the state of the economy and it's no surprise that Americans not only value the fact that they have jobs, but truly value the fact that they expect to keep their jobs long term,” said Jennifer Lozada, corporate director of career services for Heald College. "Americans want to feel that they are appreciated for what they do and that they will continue to play a long-term vital role in the workforce.”

"Workplace Thankfulness Survey” was conducted by Harris Interactive, October 18 to October 30, 2011. More than 1,0oo employed residents of the United States were surveyed by telephone.

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