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Table 2 The five most positive aspects of work according to employees from four different age groups

From: Perceptions of mental workload in Dutch university employees of different ages: a focus group study

<36 years 36-44 years
1. Autonomy (work) 1. Colleagues
2. To continue learning 2. Interaction with students
3. Colleagues 3. Interesting work
4. Autonomy (time) 4. Autonomy (work)
5. Interaction with students/ teaching 5. To continue learning
45-54 years ≥55 years
1. Colleagues 1. The content of the work
2. The content of the work 2. Challenging work in an academic atmosphere/ be innovative or pioneering
3. Interaction with students 3. Teaching
4. Intellectual environment / use creativity 4. Colleagues
5. Autonomy (work and time)