A recent survey suggests getting along with the boss is more important than pay or benefits when it comes to happiness at work.

The survey, developed by staffing services firm Accountemps, asked 100 executives from Canada’s 1,000 largest companies, “Which of the following would you say has the greatest impact on an employee’s level of job satisfaction?” Their responses:

Relationship with manager — 45%

Workload and responsibilities — 21%

Compensation and/or benefits — 15%

Relationship with co-workers — 11%

Company performance — 5%

Challenge/involvement — 2%

Other/don’t know — 1%

Accountemps offered five tips for building stronger relationships with staff:

* Establish open lines of communication.

* Give staff authority to make decisions.

* Stand up for employees.

* Recognize achievements.

* Provide advancement opportunities.