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...
The basic premise of our survey was based on these two questions. And it appears the present has been largely influenced by the past.
Just less than one in every five respondents -- 19% -- agreed they live to work, while 70% said they work to live. When asked about their parents' habits, 55% of those who live to work said they got that trait from their parents, while 83% of those who work to live followed in their parents’ footsteps.
Perhaps it has to do with shifting priorities and an increased focus on family, or the fact that job-hopping and having multiple careers is becoming the norm. But whether you consider it a positive or a negative, it’s clear the people in our survey are working as a means to an end as opposed to putting their careers first and foremost.