In search of happiness at work

Increasingly frequently it is normally to hear about the well-being of employees, the measures that companies take to ensure that they are agreeable places to work… However, although it is common, it is still necessary to continue stressing the importance of these measures and analysing whether the companies are doing what’s necessary to achieve healthy and satisfactory working environments for their employees.

Adecco, leader in the management of Human Resources, has set in motion the VI Adecco Survey on Happiness at Work. According to this survey, almost 6 out of every 10 employees in Spain believe that their company doesn’t apply policies to improve employees’ wellbeing and satisfaction, or other measures aimed at happiness at work. This is despite the fact that 9 out of 10 people take such factors into account when looking for work or changing company.

Margarita Álvarez, The OIE’s CEO and Adecco’s Marketing and Communications director, states that “happy workers are not only more productive, but also more committed to their employers. As a result, they are more motivated and this means more involvement, acceptance of responsibilities and challenges, being able to handle stress better and an ability to adapt better to the changes that companies are constantly going through nowadays.”

96.7% of those surveyed by Adecco believe that a happy worker is a much more productive worker. Questioned about the happiness at work index Spaniards are close to a grade B, scoring 6.3 on a scale of 0 to 10.

Among the aspects that they rate most highly related to the workplace, employees state that enjoying a good working environment is vital for happiness at work, giving it a score of 8.43 out of 10. The next most highly rated factor is having good working hours that allows personal and professional life to be reconciled, with 8.24 points; followed by being paid well (8.22).

Other less important factors that influence happiness are living close to one’s place of work, obtaining colleagues’ and bosses’ recognition with respect to work done and the option of enjoying social benefits (nursery school allowances, private medical insurance, etc.).

Until a few years ago, it was thought that salary was the main factor influencing happiness at work. And although all employees like to receive fair pay for their work, 59.5% of them would be prepared to receive a lower salary in exchange for greater happiness at work.

What those surveyed by Adecco did state clearly is that people who carry out vocational work obtian greater satisfaction (78.4%), subject to certain qualifications:

39.3% of employees think that all of those who do vocational work are happy in their jobs. Secondly, 39.1% stated that although people happy doing vocational work, this in itself is not sufficient to be fully happy at work.