U.S. Ranks First in Employee Happiness

The United States ranks first in an international study of employee happiness by global staffing firm Robert Half.

For the study, Robert Half worked with leading happiness and well-being experts Nic Marks and Saamah Abdallah of Happiness Works. Marks’ team evaluated the levels of employee happiness among more than 23,000 working professionals across Europe, North America and Australia. The report shows the United States, Germany and the Netherlands have the happiest employees among the countries included in the research, ranking 71.8, 71.2 and 69.9, respectively, on a happiness scale of 0 to 100, with 100 being the happiest. The countries studied with the lowest levels of employee happiness are France (63.8), Belgium (65.2) and the UK (67.2).

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,” says 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.”

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.

The research report may be downloaded from here.