Employees say they primarily stay with their jobs because of the right work-life fit and career enjoyment while fewer employees report remaining with their job for concrete reasons, such as benefits, pay and lack of other job opportunities, according to a recent survey by the American Psychological Association.

In fact, 60 percent of respondents say they stay at their jobs because of benefits, and 59 percent of respondents say pay keeps them; however, 67 percent of respondents say they stay because their work-life fit and job enjoyment. Only 39 percent of respondents say few job opportunities keeps them at their careers, despite the economy.

"Americans spend a majority of their waking hours at work, and as such, they want to have harmony between their job demands and the other parts of their lives," says David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA, head of APA's Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program. "To engage the work force and remain competitive, it's no longer sufficient to focus solely on benefits. Today, top employers create an environment where employees feel connected to the organization and have a positive work experience that's part of a rich, fulfilling life."

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