Date
20 November 2017
Company support is a higher priority than pay for many people changing jobs. Photo: Sky Post
Company support is a higher priority than pay for many people changing jobs. Photo: Sky Post

Young generation values support over money in job market

Workplace support beat out pay as the main consideration among the post-90s generation when changing jobs, according to a survey by a Hong Kong church group.

Ming Pao Daily reported Monday that the Hong Kong Evangelical Lutheran Church Social Service polled 854 retail and service industry employees between December and April about job motivation. Of those respondents, about 40 percent were born in the 90s.

The study found that 35 percent of all respondents said company support is their main consideration in changing employer, well above the 26 percent who cited remuneration and benefits.

The gap between the two factors was even bigger among the post-90s generation, with 40.9 percent citing employer support and 21.9 percent citing pay as top priorities, the report said.

The report cited one worker as saying that conflicts among his colleagues prompted him to resign from his job at a wholesaler and he is much happier in his new position caring for the elderly because of the support of his boss and coworkers.

Companies should not think that they can only rely on pay levels to retain employees, the report said, citing a trainer from the church group. They should promote a more friendly work environment and encourage better communication between senior officers and staff. 

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