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Are U.S. Workers The Happiest in the World?

Staffing firm Robert Half recently sought to find out which countries had the happiest workers….

  • July 21, 2017

Staffing firm Robert Half recently sought to find out which countries had the happiest workers. The results may surprise you.

According to the study, the United States ranks first in an international study of employee happiness.

Two-thirds of employees surveyed in North America, Europe and Australia are generally happy in their jobs.

Employees in the United States, Germany and the Netherlands rank highest in terms of on-the-job happiness.

German professionals express the highest level of interest in their jobs; Dutch workers have the least stress.

Pride in one’s company is the top happiness driver in the U.S., UK and Canada; being treated with fairness and respect is the top happiness driver in France, Belgium, Germany and Australia.

The research also shows that the top drivers of employee happiness vary by country. In the United States, UK and Canada, the highest-ranking factors are having pride in one’s organization, feeling appreciated and being treated with fairness and respect.

In France, Belgium, Germany and Australia, being treated with fairness and respect was rated the top happiness factor. In the Netherlands, a sense of accomplishment ranked as the most important driver of happiness.

“Employee happiness is closely connected to organizational productivity and innovation,” said Paul McDonald, senior executive director for Robert Half. “Happy employees are typically more engaged and driven to succeed. They aren’t just working for paychecks but toward a larger company vision.”

Employee stress levels and interest by country

The research also examined how average stress and interest levels at work vary across geographies. Among employees surveyed, Germans rate the level of interest they have in their work highest, followed by the Dutch and Americans.

Professionals in the Netherlands report the least stress on the job, with Australians ranking second and the UK coming in third.

This study was developed by Robert Half and Happiness Works, and conducted by an independent research firm. The research is based on survey results of more than 23,000 working professionals who are currently employed on a full- or part-time basis, across eight countries, with the results segmented by geographic location.

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