Other than salary, benefits are the top reason someone would leave their current job

The top thing (outside of more money) that would cause an American worker to jump ship for a new job is “better benefits.”

New research from international talent and outsourcing company Yoh shows that other than getting a bigger paycheck, the biggest factor that would cause an American worker to jump ship for a new job is “better benefits” at 50%, meaning, “paid time off, healthcare options, 401(k).” Digging a little bit deeper, 49% of men, 50% of women and 53% of those ages 18-34 chose this option in particular.

The Harris Poll surveyed more than 800 American adult employees. Here are some of the points that stood out.

Other reasons why people would leave their jobs

The research found that “a flexible work environment” took second place at 42%, “a higher-level position” took third place at 35%, and a “less stressful job” claimed 32%. “A field of work I’m more interested in” was also at 32%. Thirty-one percent chose “a better company culture,” 27% chose “more perks” like an “onsite gym, daycare, dry-cleaning.” Surprisingly, “a better commute, meaning one that’s “shorter, closer to home, less costly” came in last at 24%. Just 3% chose “other.”

Mark Masterson, a Vice President atYoh, told Ladders about the significance of this specific data point.

“At Yoh, what we’ve found is that as the proliferation of remote work has grown, workers may be more open to accepting a job where the company’s office is further from home with the possibility of working remotely,” he said. “While there are some larger companies that have returned to more traditional office work, trends indicate that an increasing amount of jobs are able to be done either fully or partially from home. Not only does this trend expand the pool of potential candidates for employers to choose from, but it can also decrease overhead and the cost of leasing office space.”

Still, 15% said they wouldn’t jump ship for anything.

Here’s where people with $100k+ salaries stand

Among those earning a minimum yearly income of $100,000, 43% chose “better benefits,” 39% chose “a flexible work environment,” 28% chose “a higher-level position” and 30% chose a position that wouldn’t stress them out as much.

“A field of work I’m more interested in” pulled in 22%, while “a better company culture” pulled in 27%, improved “perks” came in at 25% and “a better commute” claimed 26%.

But while research has found that 3% of Americans say they would quit their jobs via text message, what it would take to make them leave — besides more money, of course — is a very different story. Keeping this in mind, here are some tips on how to jump ship the right way.

Jane Burnett|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at jburnett@theladders.com.