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A Look at the Happiest Employees
Money is not the key – or at least not the only key – to happiness on the job. According to the job site CareerBliss.com, a paycheck is only part of the happiness factor.
CareerBliss looked at 200,000 employees from 70,000 jobs nationwide, focusing on nine things that contribute to workplace happiness: the employee’s relationship with his boss and co-workers, the work environment, job resources, compensation, opportunities for growth, company culture, company reputation, daily tasks and the amount of control the employee has over the work he does every day.
CareerBliss then ranked these nine factors, discovering that the three things that are most important in keeping employees happy on the job are the specific tasks a job entails, how much control the employee has over her daily tasks, and the employee’s relationships with co-workers and customers.
Based on its research, CareerBliss identified the 10 fields with the happiest employees. They are:
- Biotechnology. People in this field are doing work they enjoy, but they also are doing that work with people they like and respect. This positive relationship with co-workers makes biotech workers the happiest employees in the country.
- Customer service. These employees especially like the amount of control they have over their work. In addition, people who stay in customer service tend to be people who enjoy solving problems and helping others.
- Education. Educators put a lot of value on the daily tasks of their job, most of which involve working with children. Educators who remain in the field tend to believe in the value of their work.
- Administrative and clerical work. Secretaries, administrative assistants and others in this field enjoy the tasks they do every day.
- Purchasing and procurement. These employees buy materials and goods for companies. They need good negotiation skills and the ability to find good deals.
- Accounting, especially the accounting departments of large corporations. These professionals have a lot of responsibility to make sure the company’s books are in order.
- Finance. These employees provide financial guidance to firms. The high ranking of purchasing, accounting and finance seems to suggest that employees get happiness and satisfaction from having responsibilities related to money.
- Non-profit social services. Although it might be expected that these employees would feel good about doing good, they did not rank high in the top three indicators of happiness: specific tasks, control over work and relationships with colleagues.
- Health care. Despite the fact the health care represents one of the fastest-growing employment fields and that health care workers value the work that they do caring for others, they still are near the bottom of the happiness list.
- Legal. Lawyers are among the best-paid professionals, and yet they are nowhere near the happiest workers. This is an indication that in work, as in love, money is not enough.