Work happiness factors ranked in new survey

decrease font size  Resize text   increase font size       Printer-friendly version of this article Printer-friendly version of this article

Though employers may believe more money will make their employees happy, new survey findings released by national staffing company Spherion revealed other factors also play a role in making workers happy at their jobs, and workers will make monetary and other career-related sacrifices to achieve job happiness.

According to the second "WorkSphere" survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Spherion among employed adults, in addition to compensation being a factor in determining job happiness (22 percent), about one-fifth of workers reported that it's important they work in a field that they are interested in and passionate about (19 percent).

Job security (15 percent), the company's culture/work environment (13 percent) and the ability to work with people they like (10 percent) were ranked almost equally as high among workers.

Yet, factors such as workplace flexibility (7 percent), the ability to work with people they work well with (6 percent) and opportunities for career advancement (5 percent) were reported as less significant when it comes to job happiness.

Additionally, workers will go to various lengths when accepting a new job for the sake of being happier in their careers. Workers would be at least somewhat willing to work in a less private office space (76 percent), reduce their workplace flexibility (60 percent) and even accept a lower position or title (60 percent).

And, almost half of all workers will give up benefits such as their vacation time, 401K contributions and other job perks (41 percent). In contrast, workers are much less willing to take a pay cut (36 percent) or relinquish their health benefits (31 percent).

"In our first WorkSphere survey, we found that workers are willing to sacrifice their careers for love, and now this WorkSphere survey revealed they will go to extreme lengths and make sacrifices for the sake of finding job happiness," said Spherion Division President Sandy Mazur.

"Employers have a unique opportunity to capitalize on these findings and offer small, but meaningful, opportunities that can help workers be happy in their current roles. And, that can pay big dividends for the employee and the employer."

Additional survey results include:

  • Most workers (92 percent) said that they are at least "somewhat happy" at their jobs. And, 52 percent said they are "very" or "extremely" happy. But, only a quarter of workers described their workplace as "happy", while more workers noted it is "fast-paced" (29 percent) and "stressful" (28 percent).
  • Other common characteristics to describe workplace culture included "results-oriented" (25 percent) and "open" (25 percent). Surprisingly, only 11 percent of workers described their workplace as "competitive."
  • Happy workers may brush off on their colleagues. Six out of every 10 (60 percent) workers noted that they are somewhat or much happier when they see others happy at work.
  • Most working Americans said they would be happier in an established company (81 percent) over a start-up (19 percent), a collaborative environment (84 percent) over a competitive one (16 percent) and a smaller organization rather than a larger one (64 percent vs. 36 percent).
  • If you want a happy worker, feed them: 30 percent of workers reported that the availability of food throughout the day contributes to their workplace happiness. Workers also reported that a visually pleasing environment (46 percent), an organization with a mission or purpose aligned with their values (42 percent) and a lounge where they can get away or have time to themselves (29 percent), among other characteristics, are also important.


Methodology
This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Spherion from Aug. 13-15, among 2,016 adults ages 18 and older, of which 882 were employed full-time or part-time.

This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.


Buyers Guide

Doyle Equipment Manufacturing Co.
Doyle Equipment Manufacturing prides themselves as being “The King of the Rotary’s” with their Direct Drive Rotary Blend Systems. With numerous setup possibilities and sizes, ranging from a  more...
A.J. Sackett Sons & Company
Sackett Blend Towers feature the H.I.M, High Intensity Mixer, the next generation of blending and coating technology which supports Precision Fertilizer Blending®. Its unique design allows  more...
R&R Manufacturing Inc.
The R&R Minuteman Blend System is the original proven performer. Fast, precise blending with a compact foot print. Significantly lower horsepower requirement. Low inload height with large  more...
Junge Control Inc.
Junge Control Inc. creates state-of-the-art product blending and measuring solutions that allow you to totally maximize operating efficiency with amazing accuracy and repeatability, superior  more...
Yargus Manufacturing
The flagship blending system for the Layco product line is the fully automated Layco DW System™. The advanced technology of the Layco DW (Declining Weight) system results in a blending  more...
Yargus Manufacturing
The LAYCOTE™ Automated Coating System provides a new level of coating accuracy for a stand-alone coating system or for coating (impregnating) in an automated blending system. The unique  more...
John Deere
The DN345 Drawn Dry Spreader can carry more than 12 tons of fertilizer and 17.5 tons of lime. Designed to operate at field speeds up to 20 MPH with full loads and the G4 spreader uniformly  more...
Force Unlimited
The Pro-Force is a multi-purpose spreader with a wider apron and steeper sides. Our Pro-Force has the most aggressive 30” spinner on the market, and is capable of spreading higher rates of  more...
BBI Spreaders
MagnaSpread 2 & MagnaSpread 3 — With BBI’s patented multi-bin technology, these spreaders operate multiple hoppers guided by independent, variable-rate technology. These models are built on  more...


Comments (0) Leave a comment 

Name
e-Mail (required)
Location

Comment:

characters left


Quickveyor

Made of high quality 304 stainless steel, the Quickveyor is one of the strongest trailers on the market. It’s belt ... Read More

View all Products in this segment

View All Buyers Guides

Feedback Form
Feedback Form