April 18, 2014 – New data from Smith & Wilkinson, a banking executive search firm, indicates that a growing number of commercial lenders feel company culture and the ability to get along with team members are the most important components of job satisfaction. When respondents were asked what was most important to them at the workplace, 47 percent of team leaders said coworkers and company culture were their first priority. Individual contributors echoed the same response, with 34 percent ranking these factors as their first concern. These figures are reflective of a growing trend among candidates who are prioritizing workplace environment over compensation. Forty percent of team leader respondents in 2011 felt these factors were the most important job attributes, compared to 47 percent in 2013. “The data that we see in this year’s survey, regarding what lenders feel is most important at work, reflects what our recruiters are seeing with banking candidates every day,” said Carl Wilkinson, managing partner of Smith & Wilkinson. Operating since 1998, Smith & Wilkinson is an executive search firm specializing in the community bank and credit union industries.