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Over half of Brits (54%) have taken a pay cut in order to accept a new job that made them happier, according to new research.

Collaborative work management company Wrike found that, in addition to accepting lower salaries, Brits were also happy to go without workplace perks. In fact, when asked what the most important benefit in relation to happiness at work, 34% said they 'don't care about perks'.
Patricia DuChene, general manager EMEA at Wrike, said: "The results of Wrike's Happiness Index suggest that work perks should be replaced by measures that increase happiness, productivity and flexibility. Measures include working from home and flexible hours.
"The fact that over half of the UK is willing to take a pay cut in exchange for happiness shows how priorities have changed. It should also serve as a wake-up call for employers - if you staff isn't happy, they will go elsewhere, no matter how good their salaries are.
The survey also found that British workers are also ready for a four day working week. Nearly half (49%) said they would be more focused and productive, while a quarter (28%) said they could do their job as effectively, as long as their employer invested in the right technology.
Patricia added: "The growing interest in a four-day work week underscores the need for great work flexibility. The traditional 9-5 is no longer realistic with today's digital work, but that doesn't mean people should have to sacrifice life-work balance. Companies that provide their employees with technology that enables more efficient processes and increased productivity will be able to offer the kind of flexibility and balance people are truly looking for and, in turn, will reap the benefits of having a happier workforce."