Seven out of 10 salaried workers believe the work-life balance is the most important criterion for success, a survey suggests.
In a poll of 1,054 workers nationwide last year by the Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training, 69.2 percent said success is defined by whether a person has found a proper work-life balance.
Job security came second with 66.4 percent, followed by financial security (61.9 percent), life with little stress (55.1 percent), promotion at work (53.5 percent) and social contribution (47.1 percent).
Perceptions of success differed according to gender, age and academic background.
Some 72.2 percent of women cited financial security as the surest indicator, followed by job security (71.7 percent) and work-life balance (70.6 percent). Only 47.5 percent of female respondents named promotion at work, a much smaller proportion than their male counterparts' 56.6 percent.
Women apparently put more emphasis on financial and job security because they are paid less and their employment status is more insecure than men's, the institute said.
The proportion of those who singled out the work-life balance increases the older and more educated respondents are. As people get older, they also appear to value social contribution more highly.