Would you turn down a large salary increase if it meant working in an environment that you didn’t like? If the answer is ‘Yes’, you’re not alone. According to recent research by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), eight in ten workers would do exactly that.

The 2000 British workers, when asked about the factors that made them happy at work, cited responsibility, recognition and relationships with co-workers rather than pay and salary. In addition, AAT chief executive Mark Farrar said: “It’s interesting how much status and recognition play a big part in happiness at work, alongside the promise of progression.”

Looking at life away from the office, comments from respondents suggested that higher-paid jobs were perceived as meaning a poorer work-life balance and less time spent with family. People were also becoming more aware of the higher stress associated with some higher paid roles. Read the full article on the HR Magazine website.