What do employees need to be happy? Managers, take note: a new jobs report released Thursday has some pointers.
“Happiness is not a nice-to-have, but a necessity for a productive and successful business,” said Paul McDonald, senior executive director of recruiting firm Robert Half.
The company surveyed more than 12,000 workers across Canada and the U.S. in its quest to discover the secrets of workplace satisfaction.
Who’s the happiest?
Here’s who seems to fare best (and worst) on the happiness scale, when broken down into the following four categories:
- Happiest: Staff at small business of fewer than 10 people.
- Least Happy: Employees at organizations of 10,000.
- Happiest: 55+
- Least Happy: 35-54 (this age group is also most stressed, and least interested in their work).
- Happiest: Marketing and creative professions. Teachers are up there too.
- Least Happy: Finance sector. The legal field is also up there. It apparently has the highest stress levels.
- Happiest: Senior executive. They’re apparently the least stressed as well.
- Least Happy: Sales and customer service staff