The Source, The Wall Street Journal – happiness at work

Business, Career, Insight, Mindset

As reported by Simon Lutterbie in the Wall Street Journal on the 23rd October:

The Wall Street Journal Europe Global Survey of “happiness at work” has yielded some surprising findings. Over 2,000 individuals completed the recent survey hosted on this site over the past few weeks. People who completed it represent 90 nationalities, work in over 80 different countries and represent over 30 sectors of the global economy.”

Jessica Pryce-Jones’ article introducing the survey garnered over 15,000 hits, becoming one of the most successful articles ever on The Source, the Wall Street Journal blog on which it is posted.  You too can read the original article and complete the survey by clicking on the link.

The survey used the iOpener Institute’s iPPQ, a questionnaire that measures five components, the 5Cs, of happiness at work:

  • Contribution is the effort you feel you make
  • Conviction is your short-term motivation
  • Culture is the extent to which you feel you fit at work
  • Commitment is your long-term engagement
  • Confidence is your belief in your own abilities at work

There were five lessons learned from the first round of this research, which may surprise you:

  1. It’s an unhappy time in finance, but it’s not all bleak
  2. The happiest nationalities may surprise you
  3. Once again, the Netherlands is the place to be
  4. Happiness at work increases with age but you might have to wait for it
  5. The senior VP wobble

“People who are happy at work put in far more effort, work longer hours, and are more productive than those who aren’t. They remain at their jobs twice as long and they work 25% more time than an unhappy employee works”  Jessica Pryce-Jones

If you want to learn more about happiness at work personally or for your company, contact me

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