CareerBuilder | May 22, 2014
Desk jobs, some people love the feeling of getting to the office in the morning, sitting down with a cup of coffee, and starting up their computers for the day ahead. But for others, a day filled with moving around, traveling, delivering, going outside, or staying active indoors is what makes their workday so enjoyable.
Which one sounds more like you? According to a new CareerBuilder survey, workers who either do or don’t typically work behind desks have plenty of reasons to love and loathe their work environments. “Everyone has a different definition of the ideal work experience,” says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. “For some, it’s being in the thick of the action in the office. For others, it’s the flexibility of not working behind a desk. There are advantages and disadvantages to both scenarios. With any job, it’s important to find a work environment that is suited to your work style and interests and where you can thrive.”
Read on to learn more about the pros and cons to each workplace, and maybe get a better picture of each role and if you’re in the right one for you.
If another day at the office sounds like a total bore to you, it can sometimes be what desk workers are thinking, too. While workers in desk and non-desk jobs were equally likely to report being happy in their current roles (76 percent), workers in desk jobs were more likely to report complaints about their work environment.
And when stress comes along, your environment may help or hinder how you cope. Workers in desk and non-desk jobs were equally likely to experience high-stress levels at work (30 percent and 29 percent, respectively), but workers in non-desk jobs had a somewhat higher tendency toward burnout. Sixty-one percent of workers in non-desk jobs said they have felt burned out at work compared to 57 percent of workers in desk jobs.
But if money’s the primary focus in your career, you may be better off behind a desk. People who work in desk jobs reported earning higher salaries and felt more content with their paychecks. Those working in desk jobs were twice as likely to earn six figures annually, while those working in non-desk jobs were twice as likely to earn less than $35,000. Half of the workers in desk jobs earn $50,000 or more compared to one-third of workers in non-desk jobs. Seventy-one percent of workers in desk jobs said that they currently earn or are close to earning their desired salary compared to 61 percent of workers in non-desk jobs.
If you’re considering your career options, take note of what desk workers enjoy in their roles. When asked to identify some of the perks of their work environment, workers in desk jobs pointed to:
But also be aware of their criticisms — when asked to identify shortcomings of their work environment, workers in desk jobs cited the following:
Workers in non-desk jobs have their own reasons to love their work. When asked to identify some of the perks of their work environment, workers in non-desk jobs pointed to:
Non-desk workers also had their own cons. When asked to identify shortcomings of their work environment, workers in non-desk jobs cited the following:
Weighing the pros and cons of each role and gaining experience and information can ensure that you find the right work environment for you — a smart career move for any worker.
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