Valetine’s Day on the job: Almost half of Romanians not satisfied with their relationship to employers

Aurel Dragan 12/02/2019 | 17:47

Valentine’s day is coming and given that we spend more time at work than with our lover or boyfriend, BestJobs has encouraged more than 1,000 Romanians to imagine that their life partner is actually the organization they are working for right now. Thus, two out of five Romanian employees are dissatisfied with the relationship they have with the employer and say that it is based solely on material interest, while one in five considers that the relationship is “toxic” or even “one-night stand”. If they were to get a “divorce” (fired), almost seven out of ten employees think they would deserve at least three compensatory salaries.

A mature relationship, in which both partners grew together and links many beautiful things, says that they have about 23 percent of the respondents and only 4.6 percent say it is “love at first sight”.

Under these circumstances, only 21.7 percent consider that they may have a “long-old” relationship with the company they are working for right now. For most people, 41.6 percent, the relationship is a passing one, while 28.2 percent of the respondents consider the relationship to be a long-lasting one, but most likely it will end at one point. Another 8.5 percent are undecided.

The Romanian employee reproaches the “partner” that he does not feel equal in the relationship (20 percent), gives him too little attention (16.5 percent), he does not take into account his feelings and needs (16.3 percent), or “I am mistaken whenever she has the opportunity (I am failing my expectations)” – 11.4 percent. Another 11 percent complain that the employer makes promises he never respects, never listens to (9.8 percent) or “does not give me anything I need” (8 percent). Only 7 percent have nothing to accuse of the current “living partner”.

About the current “partner” (employer), disgruntled employees say most often that they are indifferent (35.6 percent), immature and disorganized (26.2 percent) or even aggressive (8.9 percent). Only 20.5 percent is mature and calculated, and for other 8.9 percent is loving and tender. On the other hand, most employees see themselves in a very good light in the relationship with the company they work for. Thus, 64 percent of respondents consider that they are mature and calculated, and 17 percent – lovers and tenderness. Only 11.8 percent say they are indifferent, 4 percent are immature and disorganized, while 3.2 percent admit they are even aggressive.

Under these circumstances, no wonder that half of the employees (50.8 percent) consider that they offer more in this relationship and only 5 percent, that the partner. One third of respondents say they both offer the same, and almost 12 percent believe that none of them gets involved more than the other.

Three quarters of employees would see another “partner”

If the company they work for would be their life partner, an ordinary day of “couple life” would be, for about a third of respondents, with completely separate lives, which unites them as just one act (employment contract). For 11 percent, a normal couple’s day is boring, and for 10.3 percent it is with many quarrels and reproaches. Instead, 37 percent say it is calm and balanced, and another 7.4 percent are still “in love” with the job, saying it is “full of butterflies in the stomach”.

Under these conditions, ask if they would meet with other potential partners at the moment, over half of respondents (50.7 percent) confirmed that they would “test the market” and 28.2 percent are open to seeing another possible partner, if someone interested in them would appear, while 7,1 percent are undecided. Only 14 percent  of respondents declare themselves loyal and say they would not replace the “partner” (the company), according to the BestJobs survey data.

In the case of a divorce, 14.4 percent of employees think they would deserve at least a compensatory salary for their time and dedication to this relationship, 17 percent think they would be required at least 3 compensatory salaries, and 8 percent – at least five. Another 5 percent would require between 6 and 8 compensatory salaries, while a quarter of employees would claim between 8 and 10 compensatory salaries. A percentage of 17 percent will have 12 compensatory salaries or even more and / or other benefits. Only 3.2 percent would not want anything in the case of a divorce, and 10.4 percent do not know what compensation to claim.

On Valentine’s Day, 31.3 percent of employees would like the partner (company) to offer them a consistent gift such as a holiday or a salary increase. Another 16.3 percent would like more quality time together (team-building, workshops, college excursions, trainings and trainings, etc.) as well as more attention this year, according to the wishes expressed by 13 percent of the respondents. Some would want a “beautiful statement about what I mean” (12.4 percent), a symbolic gift like flowers or candies (8.9 percent), or be given more free time for personal passions (6.4 percent). Of the respondents, 11.7 percent will not.

The BestJobs poll was conducted between January 1 and 30 on a sample of 1,210 Internet users, representative of the urban level in Romania.

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