Anatomy of a Happy Employee

By Robert Half October 27, 2016 at 2:42pm
An infographic featuring results from a survey by Robert Half and Happiness Works  on what makes employees happy

ANATOMY OF A HAPPY EMPLOYEE

Happy employees are better employees — and they are also better for your business. These workers are more loyal and motivated, and they do better work. This is true to matter what your industry or location. But what makes employees happy? Find out based on a recent survey of more than 12,000 U.S. and Canadian workers.

What determines employees’ happiness?

1. PRIDE IN THEIR ORGANIZATION

The number-one driver of happiness overall.
Workers who feel proud of their organizations are 3x more likely to be happy at work.

2. FEELING APPRECIATED

The second biggest driver of happiness. It occupies the top spot for legal and accounting professionals.

3. A SENSE OF FAIRNESS AND RESPECT

The third most important happiness factor. Nearly one-quarter (24 percent) of professionals who say they are treated with little respect are likely to leave their jobs in the next year

4. A SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT

The strongest driver of happiness for those 34 years of age and under.

5. INTERESTING AND MEANINGFUL WORK

One of the top three happiness factors for financial services, administrative, technology and creative professionals.

6. POSITIVE WORKPLACE RELATIONSHIPS

An important happiness driver. Sixty-three percent of survey respondents report having good friends at work.

PRIDE
FEELING APPRECIATED
FAIRNESS & RESPECT
ACCOMPLISHMENT
INTEREST
RELATIONSHIPS

© 2016 Robert Half International Inc. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans.

ANATOMY OF A HAPPY EMPLOYEE

WHICH EMPLOYEES ARE THE HAPPIEST?

The happiest role: senior executive
The happiest company size: less than 10 employees
The happiest age: 55+
The happiest tenure: first year on the job

INFLUENCE INEQUALITY

The ability to influence important decisions is a happiness driver, but not all workers feel they have equal say.

Only 47% of women say they exert influence on the job, compared to 55% of men.

Just 45% of administrative workers feel they have a say in important decisions.

Only 47% of workers 55 years and up say they influence important decisions.

Only 35% of workers at organizations with 5,000+ employees say they have influence.

Where can companies improve?

FIND BETTER MATCHES

Workers who say they are not a good match with their employees are the most likely to leave their job within a year.

FOCUS ON FAIRNESS

Only 52 percent of women feel they are paid fairly at work, compared to 58 percent of men.

PROVIDE WORK-LIFE BALANCE

Two-thirds of workers feel satisfied with their level of work-life balance, leaving room for some improvement.

BUILD TIGHT TEAMS

Workers who have good relationships with others on their teams are 2.5 times more likely to be happy than those who do not.

CELEBRATE ALL CONTRIBUTIONS

Feeling appreciated is the second biggest driver of happiness — make sure to thank all employees for a job well done.

To learn more about the importance of improving happiness in your workplace, visit www.roberthalf.com/its-time-we-all-work-happy

Source: Survey of more than 12,000 U.S. and Canadian workers developed by Robert Half and Happiness Works, and conducted by an independent research firm.

© 2016 Robert Half International Inc. An equal opportunity employer M/F/Disability/Veterans.

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