According to a new survey, 66% of us would leave our job if we didn’t feel appreciated. That’s up 15% from five years ago. More money is the number one way we WANT to be rewarded. More vacation days was a close second.
Here are the ten WORST things people said they’ve gotten instead of a raise. Most of them might actually make you feel LESS appreciated . . .
- An expired gift certificate.
- A large carving of a polar bear.
- A foam tombstone. (???)
- A golden key to an executive bathroom that didn’t exist.
- A small, custom-made statue that looked like the employee.
- A plaque that had a spelling error on it.
- Fresh meat from a hunting trip.
- A jacket that wasn’t even close to the right size.
- Coupons for the grocery store.
Americans are bad at taking vacation days. That’s a fact. But if the reason you don’t use your vacation days is because you think it’ll help your career if you’re there every single day . . . it’s exactly the opposite.
A new survey found that you’re MORE likely to get a raise or a bonus if you take at least 11 vacation days a year. Maybe everyone at your job sees how TERRIBLE it is without you and they realize they need to pay you more to keep you around?
Here are a few more results from the survey . . .
1. The main reason people pass on taking vacations is they hate the mountain of work that’s waiting for them when they get back.
2. 58% say their boss isn’t very supportive of them taking vacation time.
3. And the average person took 20 vacation days a year between 1976 and 2000 . . . but that’s down to 16 vacation days a year today.
If your boss makes you MISERABLE, here’s a hell of a dilemma. What would make your job more tolerable: A $5,000 raise . . . or a new boss?
According to a new survey, 28% of people would pick the NEW BOSS over the money.
Now here’s a scenario that might be even tougher. Would you be willing to take a $5,000 PAY CUT to be happier at work?
Believe it or not, 36% of people say they’d be willing to give up the money.
The survey also found that 38% of people believe taking fewer vacations makes them look better to their boss . . . and 36% have had to cancel a vacation because of work.
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Everyone knows Americans don’t take vacations . . . at least not like those lazy Europeans. But do we even WANT more time off?
A new survey asked people which they’d want more: A $20,000 raise, or an extra four weeks of vacation?
And the top answer by a giant margin is . . . we want the RAISE. 66% of people would take the money, versus 32% who’d take the extra time off.
Those percentages were consistent no matter how much people make. Even three out of five people making six figures would still pick the raise over vacation time.
And only 34% of us realize that America is the ONLY first world country that doesn’t guarantee paid vacation time.
The survey also found that 55% of us check our work email even when we’re on a trip.
And only 6% of people say it would be worth being French just to get the entire summer off.