Happiness Index

After this I'll shut about work but I love this report even though I can't figure out what it means. A British organisation called City & Guilds has published a Happiness Index. Hairdressers are the happiest workers in Britain: 40 percent say they are very content in their job (giving their careers a score of ten out of ten). Next in the happiness stakes are the clergy (24 percent ), chefs/cooks (23 percent ), beauticians (22 percent ), and plumbers, mechanics and builders (all 20 percent ). In contrast, only five percent of lawyers, IT specialists and secretaries/PAs, four percent of real-estate agents, three percent of civil servants and two percent of architects say they are extremely happy at work.

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  • hemant

    Well what is happiness /
    we are working on happiness index, amongst young budding medical / para medical students!! and office goers.

    I think, you are happy, when you do what you / others like!
    But TO BE happy, DO LIKE what you have to do.

    jay jinendra
    for more details
    parikhhc.dr@gmail.com

  • Alice

    I agree that to be really happy in your work it is important to do work you love.
    However, I also sense that most people are looking for their circumstances to make them happy. I really believe that happiness comes from the inside; from the work we are doing on ourselves. How much do we love, respect and admire the person who is doing our job? This is about self-esteem and the sense that any job we do is loving ourselves doing it.
    If one is very unsatisfied with the work they do, they can seek other work. However, my personal experience has been that until one loves what one is doing and loves oneself doing it, finding the true love of your work will be a search in the dark.
    It seems to me that the role of ones work is the service to others. All work has difficulties, tough times, lag time and satisfaction times. Mostly its a matter of how we, the worker, perceives our circumstances. When we choose to be happy with our work and we begin to visualize ourselves doing work we really love, amazingly, we often find we are living our vision.

  • matt

    That may be true for those professions, but as a member of the clergy, a great deal of my efforts are not instantly rewarded. I think the "calling" comment may be more accurate.

  • Laura

    Hairdressers are probably happy becuase they are doing something that gives immediate feedback - a customer loves their haircut (most of the time). The same is true for the construction work- they are building something tangible that they can get satisfaction from. Not everyone has a strong passion for one thing, but most people can get satisfaction and feel good when they make a difference that they and others can see. That kind of work is rewarding whether or not it's a passion.

  • Alan

    And where do FC contributors and editors rank, John? Just curious ... maybe you should pass the Happiness Test around the office?

    But seriously, I remember in the mid-90s the big shift in moving the discourse around employee opinion research from "satisfaction" to "effectiveness," the argument being that it's a less empowering conversation for managers if they're framing their job as making employees "satisfied" as opposed to "effective." Hay and Gallup have certainly jumped on this ... indeed Gallup's survey is now about "employee engagement," which presumably is more holistic.

    At the end of the day I agree with Catherine: those most "happy" with their work are those doing that which they love. Work is a calling, I think. Most people, though (and apparently, lots of lawyers and IT specialists), don't (or can't) answer the call ...

  • Catherine Pulsifer

    Interesting article. I believe happiness in your work is doing what you love, what you have a passion for. To those who are not happy in their work I would say find your passion, and start taking steps to work in that field. Life is too short to be unhappy in your work!