Which is more important – Values or Dollars?

- By Dr. Di

Here’s something that LinkedIn research has found:  86% of younger employees—those born between 1981 and 1996 (Millennials)—would choose a company whose values aligned with their own values instead of a company that would pay them more money.  In fact, they even would quit a higher paying job for one with a culture they agreed with.  Glassdoor also has found that 73% of Generation Z people (born between 1997 and 2010) wouldn’t even take a job in the first place if the culture wasn’t a fit for them, no matter what the salary.

This culture over dollars idea may make perfect sense to you.  But, to older folks, who have been focused on money and perks for most of their lives, this dichotomy doesn’t compute.

So, what constitutes this culture that the largest and younger segment of the population is looking for?  First, employees need to have the flexibility to distribute their work hours however they want while working wherever they want.  Then, employees want to feel comfortable with the people and bosses they work with—to be accepted for who they are as human beings. These employees want to feel proud about the company they work for and the kind of work they are doing, creating a better society.  Wouldn’t it be great if you could find all this and a good salary, all in one job?

Listen to what some CEOs say about choosing a career and going on to be successful.