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Poll finds definition of success changes as employees age

Staff Writer, with CNA

Twenty-something employees see “happiness” as the definition of success more than their older colleagues, according to an online survey that compared attitudes toward work and life among people of different ages.

The poll, conducted by the 104 Job Bank and Wealth Magazine among 104 Job Bank members, found that when respondents in their 20s, 30s and 40s were given the choices of “happiness,” “family life” and “good health” to define success, almost half — or 47.5 percent — of those in their 20s chose “happiness.”

That was nearly 10 percentage points higher than for respondents in their 30s (38.7 percent) and 40s (38.4 percent).

The 30-to-39 age group chose “family life” as its main goal, while the 40-to-49 age group placed their major emphasis on “health,” the poll found.

The poll also looked at what was important to employees at work and found that while 20-somethings have been nicknamed the “carefree group,” they clearly have a materialistic side.

Two-thirds of respondents (66.9 percent) in the 20-to-29 age bracket said salary and benefits were the job qualities they most cared about, far ahead of of “work/life balance” (35.4 percent), “work environment” (31.4 percent) and “degree of consistency between work and one’s personal interests” (28.9 percent).

Regis Chen (陳力孓), 104 Job Bank’s marketing director, said regardless of age, employees put a premium on “salary” and “work/life balance.”

The poll collected 3,745 valid responses from July 22 to Aug. 1, and had a margin of error of plus or minus 1.6 percentage points.

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