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Bangalore, Dec. 14

THE next time employees complain about stress at work, employers better read between the lines. In an online poll conducted by Monster India, an online career and recruitment site, it was found that 41 per cent of the respondents were willing to take on more stress in lieu of higher pay.

The Monster Meter actually asked if employees were willing to take on a lower paid job if it means a less stressful lifestyle. About 34 per cent of the respondents agreed to a 15 per cent cut in their salaries if it means less stress.

Commenting on the responses to the Monster Meter Poll, Mr Dhruv Shenoy, Vice-President, Marketing, Monster Asia, said, "One definitely sees a trend of people wanting to take the fast track to the top. Success is increasingly being measured by visible professional achievements. On the one hand is the drive to succeed professionally and on the other hand is almost direct result of such accomplishment i.e., material rewards."

According to him, it appears that a significant percentage of people who participated in the poll are driven by the desire to succeed even if it meant taking on more stressful profiles.

The results of this Monster Meter were based on the 8,355 plus votes cast by Monster users between October 6-20.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated December 15, 2005)
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