According to a survey by Jobsite.co.uk of 1000 UK workers:
70 per cent say their '9-to-5 buddies' are crucial to enjoy a happy working life
Two thirds of people would turn down a job offer with pay-rise to stay working
with people they liked and respected
Men are less concerned with getting on with colleagues than women are
65 per cent say being happy at work makes them more productive in their job
A pay rise certainly helps to keep us content in our jobs, but in fact the number one factor for remaining happy at work is whether we have a good relationship with our work colleagues.
New research among 1000 UK workers by Jobsite.co.uk, one of the UK's leading online recruiters, reveals that 70 per cent of employees see their '9-to-5 buddies' as the most important factor in enjoying their job.
In comparison only 55 per cent thought money was the most important thing.
The average worker spends approximately 40 hours a week at work (Monday to Friday), which is the same amount of time as we spend with families/partners at home.
Interestingly men were less concerned with their 9-to-5 buddies, and more inclined to take money over good colleagues with 42 per cent of males saying they would choose a higher paid job working with people they didn't get on with. In comparison, only 26 per cent of women said they'd prefer a higher salary to good colleagues; placing a higher value on the 'people' element of their jobs.
Age and experience were key in swaying responses. 74 per cent of employees aged 45-54 said they'd prefer to work with people they respected on their current salary, rather than take a pay rise and work with people they didn't like.
In contrast, just over a third of people aged 25-34 would choose a pay rise over working with people they get on with or liked; a decision perhaps linked with the need for faster progression and movement in the early stage of careers in order to get on the property ladder and start a family. The importance of building great working environments is just as important to businesses as it is to employees.
The relationships between colleagues can be directly related to productivity of the workforce, with 65 per cent of people believing that being happy at work made them more productive in their job.
In recognition of the UK's passion for our workmates, Jobsite.co.uk is searching for the nation's best '9-to-5 buddies' in a social media photo competition. Prizes will be awarded to the best work colleagues with the most imaginative photos. For more information on Jobsite's '9-to-5 buddies' competition go to www.jobsite.co.uk/9to5buddies.
Mike Wall, MD of Jobsite , said: "For 40 hours a week, we leave the world we call home and enter the '9-to-5'. Whether you're at a desk job, working outside or looking for your next challenge, at Jobsite we understand that for most of us, it's the people we interact with that make the difference and who help to make the '9-to-5' more enjoyable.
Wall continues, "It could be who you sit next to, the person you meet on the train every morning, or the recruitment consultant who goes that extra mile to help you prepare for the big interview. We want to help people share with the world just how much we all appreciate our 9-to-5 buddies with the opportunity to win some great prizes from the Jobsite team."
Top 10 Factors For Workplace Happiness
1. Working with people I get on with
2. Feeling valued
3. Good money
4. Good hours
5. Good holiday and benefits
6. A boss who I get on well with
7. Low day-to-day stress
8. Decent commute
9. Productive work environment
10. Workplace location