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Would you consider a career in the senior living industry? Firsthand Experience with Senior Living No Firsthand Experience with Senior Living


Yes 32%


No 54%


Not Sure 14%


No 62%


Yes 13%


Not Sure 25%


Would you consider a career in the senior living industry? Women Men


Yes 20%


No 52%


Not Sure 28%


No 70%


Yes 12%


Not Sure 18%


» Respondents who had firsthand experi- ence with senior living communities were significantly more likely to expect high satisfaction with a number of factors, in- cluding several that ranked among the most important: flexibility, benefits pack- age, feeling valued by supervisors, feeling of personal accomplishment, and being recognized as an individual.


» Two-thirds of all respondents consid- ered job satisfaction factors presented to be at least somewhat important. Ratings of extremely important ranged from 65% for fair pay for the work you do and the contribution you make to 29% for being part of a team.


More than half of respondents (54%) see resident interactions as a benefit; 40% see it as a challenge. In describing benefits, about half commented on various aspects of res- ident interactions. Dealing with death was seen as a top challenge. Millennials placed more emphasis on opportunities for career advancement, while baby boomers were significantly more likely to place importance on fair pay, benefits, feeling of personal accomplishment, being recognized as an individual, chance to use strongest skills and abilities and feeling proud of the company. Among all respondents, the most import- ant factors related to career choices were enjoying the work day-to-day, flexibility to


The full report “Public Perceptions of Careers in Senior Living” is available in the Argentum store, argentum.org/store.


manage work-life balance and manage fam- ily obligations, feeling valued and supported by management, and potential to increase earnings through advancement and/or seniority in the company.


NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2016 / SENIOR LIVING EXECUTIVE 31


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