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Study: Small Companies Make Employees Happy

Early results from a worldwide survey suggest you might have an edge if your company has fewer than 100 employees.
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Think you can't compete against the big dogs when it comes to recruiting stellar employees? Try dropping this stat during your next interview: You're 25% more likely to be happy working for a small company of fewer than 100 employees than for a business with 1,000 or more employees.

The survey was developed by Delivering Happiness at Work, a consultancy firm Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh founded in the wake of his 2010 book, Delivering Happiness. To date, nearly 11,000 people in more than 90 countries have taken it. The Wall Street Journal reports that the 47-question survey asks simple questions regarding work-life balance, utilization of time on the job, and overall feelings while at work.

In addition to company size, other trends emerged as more likely to make employees happy on the job:

Managment duties: Those who supervise others are 27% more likely to be happy than those who are supervised.

Caregiving duties: Roles that involve caregiving or direct service make people 75% happier than, say, sales jobs.

Skills: Highly skilled workers tend to be 50% more likely to be happy than their unskilled counterparts.

Age: Older workers (40 or above) tend to be happier than younger employees.

James Key Lim, chief executive at Delivering Happiness at Work, says that the higher the happiness rate at work, the more productive and creative employees are. 

“We need positive feedback loops to create wellbeing," Marks said at a TED talk in July. At a business level, you need to look at the wellbeing of your employees--it links directly to creativity and innovation.”

Last updated: Oct 25, 2012




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