Half of those polled consider flexible working to be the most important work perk when it comes to deciding which employer to work for.
This ranked above a high salary and a great team of colleagues, with 44 percent voting for each of these as other top factors.
An annual bonus was also key for workers when it came to choosing a new role, with almost one in three looking for extra cash to supplement their wages.
While more than one in twenty said a trendy office was a factor, alongside a fully-stocked kitchen on site.
Company cars and electric charging ports were also among the priorities.
Cas Paton, CEO at online marketplace OnBuy, which carried out the research said: “People are at the core of everything we do, from our customers and retailers to our fantastic staff who help us thrive.
“As the research suggests, consumers quite rightly care about how companies treat their employees, and we believe that listening to what people actually want from their jobs is pivotal to creating a happy workforce.
“We also believe in making people feel appreciated rather than a cog in the machine.
“For example, giving staff equity in a business is a fantastic way to reward hard work and share success.
“When a business succeeds, everyone should succeed.”
The study also found that more than a third (36 percent) of adults have left jobs in the past because they felt undervalued.
And other top reasons people have previously quit jobs include finding a better role (42 percent), not being paid enough (33 percent), and being overworked (31 percent).
But nearly one in 20 (four percent) handed in their notice after having a physical fight with a colleague or boss.
However, two-thirds have stayed in jobs they didn’t enjoy, with nearly half (44 percent) admitting they didn’t want to deal with the stress of applying for new roles.
If people had their way, 35 percent would want a higher salary implemented at their current work, with 31 percent wanting an annual bonus.
There’s also strong interest in moving towards a four-day working week, with more than a quarter hoping for a better work-life balance, according to the study by OnePoll.
Cas Paton added: “For many, while the amount you earn is obviously important, there are other elements which play a huge factor in our general satisfaction.
“Flexible working has become a big part of our daily lives since the start of the pandemic, and it looks like that’s here to stay.
“We encourage all our staff to “own the way they work” by offering a hybrid working policy, making it easier for employees to manage their work-life routines with the choice of working both in the office and at home at times that suit them.”
OnBuy has taken to the streets to find out exactly how happy people are at work.
TOP 30 DESIRED WORK PERKS:
- Flexible working hours
- A high salary
- A great team of colleagues
- Understanding and friendly bosses
- Good sick pay
- Having everything you need to get the job done
- An annual bonus
- It being somewhere you feel proud to work
- Working somewhere you feel confident you can ring in an emergency and get time off
- The ability to work from anywhere you want
- Amount of time off to exceed the legal minimum
- Visible opportunities for promotion and to rise through the ranks
- A four-day working week
- A staff discount
- Private healthcare
- A good HR department
- An extensive training scheme
- Staff equity
- A workplace that is very diverse
- A workplace that is very green and eco-friendly
- Shutting down early on Friday afternoons
- Unlimited annual leave
- Six months or more of paid maternity/paternity leave
- Your birthday off from work
- A coffee machine in the office
- Your own office
- The opportunity to travel
- A company car
- Colleagues who love to socialise
- Gym membership
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