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What’s important in your job?

16 December 2019 at 8:24 am
Maggie Coggan
A new study reveals most people want meaningful work, not just a pay rise 

Maggie Coggan | 16 December 2019 at 8:24 am


What’s important in your job?
16 December 2019 at 8:24 am

A new study reveals most people want meaningful work, not just a pay rise 

With the end of 2019 just around the corner, you might be thinking about your next job venture for the new year. But before you make a move, it’s important to remember that money doesn’t buy you happiness.  

What does the research say? 

A recent study by Beaumont People, which includes insights from more than 1,000 individuals and organisations across Australia, found that 96 per cent of people believed good leadership, good workplace culture, and the purpose of their work was more important in a job than how much they were paid.  

Complexity of work, pay and positive feedback were ranked the least important job factors. 

What this means for you

Nikki Beaumont, the CEO of Beaumont People, says it’s worth taking the time to think about what meaningful work means to you, because it can be a bit different for everyone. 

“What is meaningful work to me might be different to you, and what we often find is that what constitutes meaningful work generally changes over the course of your life, and that’s ok,” Beaumont says. 

Do your research

It might be your dream to work for an international aid charity, but the service the organisation is delivering might be a bit different to the internal workings of the company.    

“For instance, what an organisation provides, may not match what you’re looking for. And we see that a lot in the charity sector for example,” Beaumont says.

“Someone may want to join a charity because they align with the purpose of the organisation but then when they get into the role, sometimes they find the culture, or the place isn’t for them.”

See a full copy of the report here. 

Maggie Coggan  |  Journalist  |  @MaggieCoggan

Maggie Coggan is a journalist at Pro Bono News covering the social sector.

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