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Gen Y looking for employers offering 'quality of life'

28 September 2011 - 5:48pm

A study of Gen Y workers in Western countries have shown that they are actively seeking out and prefer companies with strong values and a concern for their wellbeing.

According to the report by Johnson Controls and Hayworth Europe: "People are most likely attracted to a company where values are clearly communicated."

The news may be welcomed by Australian companies looking to attract younger employees with packages that offer attractive bonuses - with competitive remuneration, flexible working arrangements and business health plans.

Gen Y workers are intent on working for companies that allow them the opportunity to grow professionally - and aren't afraid of taking on more responsibility.

Staff between the ages of 18 and 25 place 'quality of life' as the second most important reason why they would choose to work for a particular company.

Interestingly, respondents in this age group prioritised this over compensation and whether or not the work was meaningful to them.

When looking at other age groups, the study also found: "Looking for a good quality of life when deciding to accept a position, is also one of the top three priorities for all age groups."

Employees clearly crave a working environment that holds their professional development alongside their health and wellbeing as core company values.