Whether you’re a scientist, a bus driver or a burlesque dancer, everyone wants to be happy in their jobs. Given that we spend about 30% of our lives at work, that doesn’t seem unreasonable.
But for optimum job satisfaction, you might have to leave the UK. According to the Edenred-Ipsos Barometer, which measures people’s wellbeing in the workplace, employees in India and Mexico are the happiest about going to work, with those darn cheerful Americans coming in at third place.
The UK came joint-seventh in the study, on par with China.
Both India and Mexico have large and dangerous sweatshop industries, where employees are unlikely to have high job satisfaction. However, the Edenred-Ipsos study stuck to analysing the wellbeing of “salaried workers”.
Researchers assessed workplace wellbeing by asking more than 14,000 people in 15 countries about their feelings about work. The questions were broken down into three sections: workplace environment, appreciation and emotion.
On average, employees around the world were most satisfied with elements connected to their workplace environment, including having a good work-life balance and knowing exactly what was expected of them on the job.
While the UK didn’t reach the top of the chart, Brits did have some of the most “balanced” scores across the three categories – but researchers described UK offices as being “characterised by a lack of emotion”.
But coming in last was Japan, where a corporate culture of relentlessly long hours has led to a recent rise in karo-shi: death from overwork.