Having nice people to work with is just as important as job security and money when it comes to choosing a future employer, research finds.
A new survey from recruitment and HR consultants Eden Brown reveals that around 85 per cent of both men and women report these three issues are "very" or "fairly" important factors to consider when choosing a job.
Around half of the 770 staff polled cite "training and development", "equality of opportunity" or "career opportunities" as being very important to them.
Eden Brown's sixth employee attitudes survey, conducted by MORI, claims that many preconceptions about HR and personnel departments are wrong when it comes to understanding the way people view their work.
Women are more likely to value having nice people to work with, equality of opportunity and comfortable working conditions. Practical considerations such as location and public transport are also more important to women, as is whether or not the organisation has family-friendly policies and contributes to the community and environment.
By contrast, men are more likely to value money, training and development and career opportunities.
Despite the belief of many HR departments, location is far down the list of important considerations for men, with 63 per cent believing it to be important.
In terms of benefits packages, just over seven in 10 men and women believe a pension plan or paid overtime is important.