Perhaps senior living organizations should focus more on proving better bosses than better pay?

That appears to be a major takeaway from a new Randstad US survey that finds more than half of employees would stay at jobs that pay less if they could work for a great boss. In fact, six-in-10 respondents indicated that they have left or might soon leave jobs because they don’t like their supervisor.

The survey also seemed to emphasize the importance of a good company culture. Fully 86% of those surveyed indicated they wouldn’t apply for or continue to work for a company that has a bad reputation with former employees or the general public.

Nearly two in three (65%) indicated they likely would leave if their employers were being negatively portrayed in the news or on social media because of a crisis or negative business practices.

“Pay and benefits will always be important,” said Jim Link, chief human resources officer of Randstad North America. But, he added, “if the full spectrum of values — emotional, financial and lifestyle — aren’t being met, workers will easily find opportunities elsewhere.”

As for reasons workers stay put:

  • More than half (54%) of employees (both men and women) feel pressure to stay at jobs they don’t enjoy because they are the primary financial providers for their families.
  • Fully 71% admit they stay in their current jobs because it’s easier than starting something new.
  • More than half (56%) don’t seek out or consider other job opportunities because they’d have to start with less paid time off.

Survey findings were based on more than 2,200 responses.