Key Take Aways:
– For some, work friendships are more important than a large salary.
– Employee happiness is tied to productivity.
A survey conducted by Jobsite.co.uk of 1,000 UK workers found having friends at work was the most important factor in job happiness for 70% of the respondents. This finding is consistent with what Zappos founder Tony Hsieh wrote in his book, Delivering Happiness. In Chapter 7, on page 234 he mentions that happiness doesn’t come as much from within as it does from between, meaning from the connections one enjoys with other people.
The UK survey found just 55% of respondents said money was the most important factor in enjoying their jobs. The importance of having good friendships of work was less for the males who participated in the survey. About 42% of them said they would choose a higher paying job with fewer work friends over a lower paying one with more good work friendships. On the other hand, only 26% of the women surveyed would choose the higher pay and less friends scenario.
The preference of more mature workers was in agreement with the women. About 74% of those aged 45-54 said they would also choose less pay and more friends. However, the younger workers said they would choose more money and less friends. About 65% said happiness in the workplace impacts productivity.
The UK survey seems to underscore generally what people probably already know. How well employees fit into their work culture and get along with their co-workers is clearly tied to their happiness in the office.
If you are chronically disengaged at work, it could be time to look for a new position, or even career track.
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