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6 Data Points Sharing What Employees Look for in a Job

Attracting willing and engaged employees is still a top priority —and for some, a concern—coming into the new year. In the 2023 edition of the Bentley-Gallup Business in Society Report, nearly 5,500 U.S. adults gave their perspectives on their priorities for employees and what prompts people to change jobs. See some highlights below and consider how you can ensure your operation meets your team’s expectations of a supportive workplace.


2x as many Americans say small businesses have a positive impact compared to large businesses


55% of Americans would change jobs for a company that they feel “makes a greater positive impact on society”


1 in 4 would change jobs even with a 10% pay cut if they feel the positive impact is great enough, including 71% of workers ages 18 to 29 would make this change


88% of Americans believe businesses have a “great deal” or “some” power to positively impact people’s lives


95% of respondents rate having a “workplace culture that I like” as important, tied with high-quality health care benefits and just one percentage point below fair wages


When considering taking a new job, 68% of Americans would prioritize an employer that provides free mental health support services.

“Successful businesses need to be responsive to their customers and their communities.”—E. LaBrent Chrite, President, Bentley University


Learn more about how to improve your company culture and retain employees with programs from the North American Hardware and Paint Association.

About Melanie Moul

Melanie is the communications and content manager for the North American Hardware and Paint Association. She joined the NHPA team in 2016 as an editor for Hardware Retailing and now helps lead the communications team to deliver relevant, timely content to the industry.

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