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Survey: Half of Americans would leave job for better benefits

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Although the possibility of higher wages drives employees to consider exploring other job opportunities, half of Americans said the promise of better benefits  would encourage them to pursue careers elsewhere, according to a survey conducted on behalf of recruiting company Yoh.

The online survey gathered data from 816 employed U.S. adults. Here are four findings.

1. The survey found more employed women would consider leaving their current job for a flexible work environment than men (44 percent vs. 39 percent). Additionally, a higher-level position may be a more important factor for employed men as they were more likely to cite leaving for this reason than women (40 percent vs. 30 percent).

2. Forty-two percent of employees said a flexible work environment would encourage them to change jobs. 

3. The survey found a better commute (24 percent) and more perks such as onsite gyms, daycare, or dry-cleaning (27 percent) were the least common reasons employed Americans said would influence them to change jobs.

4. Employed millennials (employees ages 18 to 34) were more likely to report they would leave a current job for "a field of work I'm more interested in" than those ages 45 and up (43 percent compared to 24 percent).

5. Of all age groups, employees ages 35 to 44 had the highest proportion of employed Americans (57 percent) who indicated better benefits as a reason they would leave their current job for a new one.

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