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Russians ready to sacrifice vacations for their career

at 16/04/2009 19:25

By Ayano Hodouchi

A survey that asked  what Russians were willing to give up in order to advance their career revealed almost half were ready to sacrifice their vacations and private time, while few were ready to sacrifice time with their family and children - less than 1 per cent, RIA Novosti reported, citing a study conducted by the Research Centre Portal SuperJob.

"If necessary, I am ready to work overtime," answered 46 per cent of the respondents, showing that they were ready to sacrifice their time off, hobbies and recreation on the altar of success.

Nineteen per cent of Russians believed that for future success, they could temporarily accept a lower salary or invest money in training, education and further qualifications.

"Any cuts backs I make today ought to bring in bigger profits tomorrow", "I took courses at my own expense and as a result I got a new job", some respondents commented.

Seven per cent of Russians were ready to give up good working conditions. In their opinion, "the most important thing is a well-equipped workplace, the other benefits are not so important".

On the other hand, only 2 per cent of those surveyed said they would be prepared to compromise on moral issues, and no more than 1 per cent were ready to sacrifice their families or children for their careers.

"The family should always come first", "I already once sacrificed my family and child for my job. No good came out of it", said participants in the survey.

Russians in their 40s and 50s were more prepared to give up their personal time, as well as those with low income levels (51 per cent).

The younger generation, in their 20s and 30s, was more ready than those older than them to sacrifice money (22 per cent of younger people, as opposed to only 5 per cent of those over 50), while the older generation was more willing to compromise on good working conditions (14 per cent).

Young people were slightly more willing to set aside their morals than the older respondents - 3 per cent of young people. As well, more young people (3 per cent) say they were ready to sacrifice family.

The surveyors said that this was not surprising, given that at this age, the majority of respondents still had not acquired families or obligations related to settling down with a family.

In addition, men were more likely than women to turn a blind eye to poor working conditions (8 per cent versus 5 per cent), whereas women were more likely to agree to work for less money or to invest in training or further education (22 per cent of women versus 17 per cent among men).

Twenty-two per cent of Russians declared that they would not sacrifice anything for their careers. Those over 50 were more likely to choose this answer (30 per cent).

According to respondents, "work is needed in order to live normally and there is no need for sacrifices", "a career can be built without sacrifices of a personal nature".

Some of those who chose to answer "other" (2 per cent), were ready to give up "harmful habits" for success, while others were confident that "you can combine a career, family and children, and even find time to rest".

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