Aaron Gouveia has worked as the Content Manager of Salary.com since 2011. Prior to that, he was an award-winning journalist at several prominent New England newspapers. Read more...
At the end of our survey, we asked people how they define their attitudes towards work in general. And it showed Americans don’t automatically value money.
Twenty-three percent of people said work can best be described as something in which they can take great pride. That narrowly beat out the 22% of people who said they value the sense of accomplishment their jobs give to them. The paycheck came in third with 19% of people saying the most important thing about work is that it pays the bills.
Other answers included work being a stepping stone to a better job (16%), it’s something people are expected to/have to do (7%), being intellectually stimulated by work (5%) and 4% of respondents said their job is "painful."