- Of the 81 percent of respondents who prefer a single full-time position, an overwhelming number didn't mind going into an office, but would like some location flexibility (59 percent).
- Twenty-two percent of respondents said they prefer to go into an office every day, while 18 percent said they'd like working from home all the time. Millennials were more likely to want to work in an office every day than their older colleagues (27 percent).
- A majority (56 percent) of respondents said they prefer a job with "authority to make decisions that impact the entire organization," and 36 percent said they still prefer to work for a single manager within a hierarchical structure.
- Eighteen percent said they enjoy working for a variety of managers in a matrixed structure, and only 11 percent of respondents said they prefer the holacratic style, in which there are no official managers and everyone's input is valued equally. Millennials, interestingly, were only a little more likely to say they prefer matrixed or holacratic reporting structures.
- Respondents slightly preferred jobs that were exciting (57 percent) to predictable (43 percent), and were equally enthused by fun (50 percent) and challenging (50 percent) work, but they overwhelmingly preferred jobs that were stable (84 percent) to risky (16 percent). Even 78 percent of millennials, who are oftentimes associated with job-hopping, said they prefer a stable job situation.
- Our respondents echoed the notion that competitive compensation is most crucial, followed by role and work schedule. With respect to what would keep our respondents at a company, competitive compensation was again the top priority, with flexibility and challenging work in the second and third spots.
- Contrary to popular belief, even millennials surveyed said they wouldn't choose a flexible job situation over lucrative pay.
Our 500 respondents represented a diverse sample of American workers. Fifty-one percent were female and 49 percent were male, with 17 percent between ages 22-35, 29 percent 36-49, and 54 percent 53-64. Eighty-two percent were employed full-time, nine percent were employed part-time, and eight percent were self-employed. Eight percent of respondents were skilled laborers, 16 percent were administrative level professionals, seven percent were entry-level professionals, 52 percent were mid-level professionals, and 17 percent were senior or executive-level professionals.For more information, please visit www.careeradvisoryboard.org. About the Career Advisory Board Established in 2010 by DeVry University, the Career Advisory Board is comprised of leading representatives from business and academia who deliver valuable insights on today's most important career trends and provide actionable advice for job seekers. The Career Advisory Board generates original research and commentary, and creates tools, insights and resources to prepare job seekers for success. Its members include executives from DeVry University, Google, Apple, HP, IBM, and LinkedIn, as well as nationally recognized career experts. For more information, visit CareerAdvisoryBoard.org. Survey Methodology The Career Advisory Board's Most Desirable Jobs research was designed to discover the most preferred employment situations among American workers in order to provide hiring managers with intelligence that can help them recruit and retain talent in what is increasingly a job seekers' market. The survey of 504 workers was conducted online within the United States by DeVry University on behalf of the Career Advisory Board in July 2016.