By Lee Hyo-jin
Chances for promotion have been regarded as one of the biggest factors motivating employees in the past, but results of a recent survey show that this is changing.
According to a survey of 1,129 office workers conducted by recruiting platform Saramin and published Wednesday, 46 percent of respondents said they were not interested in getting a promotion.
As for specific reasons, when multiple replies were allowed, 51.5 percent said their current work may not be their lifelong job, 46.2 percent replied that promotion simply does not motivate them, and 7.8 percent viewed that there were other ways to increase their income.
The survey also found that many young office workers are seeking various ways to make money on top of their salaries such as investing in real estate and stocks, or other sideline activities.
When asked how important work was in their lives, only 5 percent replied that it was their top priority; 39 percent replied that work was second, 30 percent said third, while 12 percent said it was not even on the list.
More than half of respondents had negative views of their company's HR policies, citing unclear evaluation criteria (70.5 percent), unilateral decisions by superiors (49.2 percent), and failure to reflect the changed working tendency of the younger generation (31.3 percent).
"Unlike the past when promotion was considered as the absolute standard for success, the millennial generation has various standards for success including sufficient time for leisure and career development," an official at Saramin explained.