Recent studies reveal what employees and employers' priorities are — and cash isn't one of them.

If you’re employed and getting paid, congratulations. But if you want to get promoted, get the most from your benefits, or at least not get fired, you have to do more than just work.

For example, bosses are using social media to evaluate the stuff we do — and say. A survey from jobs site CareerBuilder found nearly half of employers (48 percent) say they’re looking at social profiles to keep tabs on their workers. One in 10 are scrolling through profiles on a daily basis. To be clear: We’re talking about current and active employees, not potential ones during the hiring process.

It gets worse. One in three of those employers found something that led them to reprimand or even fire an employee. It’s hard to tell what exactly. CareerBuilder’s study didn’t specify what employers didn’t like in those feeds.

But we could infer some reasons from what managers said disqualified candidates they considered hiring:

  • Provocative or inappropriate photographs, videos or information: 40 percent
  • Information about them drinking or using drugs: 36 percent
  • Discriminatory comments related to race, gender, religion, etc.: 31 percent

From paid time off to glass ceilings, people care about different things when it comes to how they work. We took a look at several studies to figure out what those things are…

Women say they’re sexually or verbally abused at work…

…But they don’t think it’s “the most important issue” for working women, shows research from Korn Ferry, a consulting firm.

Nearly half of women respondents (45 percent) reported facing some kind of abuse in the office — the same percentage of women said motherhood had a “negative impact” on their careers.

Despite those double digits, only 7 percent of women thought abuse was the top issue women deal with. The pay gap won that match with 42 percent of respondents. Otherwise…

  • 26 percent voted for gender discrimination
  • And 25 percent pushed for the glass ceiling.

Speaking of the pay gap, CareerBuilder found in May 2018 that 32 percent of women say they don’t earn the same as men. As Debt.com reported, “women’s low expectations at work don’t end with their positions — they also expect lower salaries.”

Korn Ferry also asked women how much less they feel they make than males in similar roles:

  • 42 percent said “10-20 percent less”
  • 15 percent said “5-10 percent less”
  • And another 15 percent said “20-40 percent”

According to Vox, the national gender wage gap is 19 percent.

“My best advice for women in the workplace is to be confident and passionate,” says Korn Ferry vice chairman Jane Stevenson. “If you want the job, be the job before you even receive the promotion.”

Here’s the top advice the survey’s respondents said they’d give other women:

  • Develop a strong network: 44 percent
  • Have confidence: 32 percent
  • Showcase accomplishments to key leaders: 18 percent
  • Overcome perfectionism: 6 percent

People love help paying back student loans…

…But not as much as they love staying away from the office.

Benefits provider Unum found the majority of American workers would rather their boss let them work in their underwear than offer a “student loan repayment assistance” program. They asked over 1,200 workers to rank their top five job perks:

  • Flexible and remote working options: 55 percent
  • Sabbatical leave: 38 percent
  • Pet insurance (really): 15 percent

These results correlate with similar research from small business mentoring site SCORE, which found four in five workers prefer getting work benefits and perks to an increase in pay. As Debt.com reported, 88 percent of workers specifically preferred flexible hours to an increase in pay. SCORE also found 80 percent of workers chose both more vacation time and the ability to work remotely over more money.

Notably, Unum’s results also included some perks workers deprioritized, leaving them out of their top five lists:

  • Professional development
  • Gym membership
  • Snacks
  • And (surprise, surprise) dedicated volunteer hours

While Unum didn’t include insurance retirement benefit options in this poll, it delivers some insight on those in another recent study.

People should like getting benefits…

…But they apparently don’t like reading enrollment materials.

Nearly half American workers “spend 30 minutes or less reviewing their benefits prior to enrollment.” Perhaps turning them off to their options, respondents found the materials made them:

  • Stressed (21 percent)
  • Confused (22 percent)
  • And anxious (20 percent)

“Navigating the sea of coverage options can be overwhelming for employees,” said Jenelle Tomazin, Unum’s director of consumer marketing.

A possible solution is auto-enrollment, which investment research company Vanguard found “nearly doubled” the enrollment rate of new hires.

Whatever your priorities are, whether involving money or not, feel free to consult Debt.com’s Education Center for advice for anything from credit card consolidation to avoiding identity theft.

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Gideon Grudo

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Grudo is a freelance writer, editor, and content strategist based in Brooklyn, NY. Previously he was the digital editor of Air Force Magazine and the managing editor of South Florida Gay News.

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