Job happiness and job satisfaction are two very important parts in having a successful career however how many of us really get to share such positives statements about our work.
For those interested in learning who are the happiest workers in Australia, Curtin University has completed a study of 17,000 Australian workers from every age group, state and territory to understand true job satisfaction.
Unsurprisingly, it’s not money driving Australian’s to be more satisfied with their work according to Rhonda Brighton-Hall, CEO of mwah (Make Work Absolutely Human).
“More importantly, it’s what you do, how you are able to go about your work and who is alongside you that matters the most when it comes to job satisfaction,” says Brighton-Hall.
Some key takeaways from the study include:
- Women are more likely to report being satisfied with their work than men
- The older you are, the more satisfied you are
- Working past 38 hours leads to a rapid decrease in job satisfaction
- Pay is associated with higher happiness but only to a certain point
- Working for yourself or smaller businesses is more likely to improve your job satisfaction compared to working in a big company
- Tasmania is most satisfied state, whilst WA and Victoria are the least satisfied.
So, what can we learn from the study?
Personally, I feel we often take for granted some of the simple pleasures we enjoy throughout our working week and it is often these factors that make a big difference towards how we feel about our work.
Little things, which you may not think twice about, like your commute and how long it takes as well as what happens when you get to work are both important. A polite and friendly face at your local coffee shop along with how you interact and spend time with you colleagues can boost your happiness as work as well as your productivity.
Your working environment, as well as your immediate surroundings, can play a big part too as it is these surroundings where you will spend time when you need to chill out and step away from work during breaks and stressful times.
Boost your happiness at work by spending your working week in an environment that is welcoming, inviting and comforting which can improve your career mindset as well as your wellbeing.
According to the report author, Associate Professor Rebecca Cassells from the Curtin Business School, working conditions are likely to bring you the most job satisfaction.
So, with that in mind, how could your work change to improve your job happiness?
Read more about the study here:
- Australia’s happiest worker is likely to be living in Tasmania, Business Insider
- Who you work with matters more than your pay packet: happiness survey, SMH
- Guess what makes Australians happy at work? (It’s not money), Women’s Agenda