According to Indeed’s Global Job Happiness Index, Ireland’s capital, Dublin, has the happiest workforce in the EU. As a nation, Ireland ranks as the fourth happiest workforce globally.
The happiest workers in the world are to be found in Columbia whereas the most dissatisfied workers in the world reside in Japan.
The Global Job Happiness Index also found that the main contributor to job satisfaction was work-life balance, which was closely followed by management and in third place comes the culture of the organisation. An intriguing finding is that if you look at the globe as a single entity, compensation is actually one of the least significant factors in determining work satisfaction.
This result is great news for Ireland in terms of attracting overseas talent to these shores. It also augurs well in terms of productivity. A University of Warwick study found that happiness in the workplace led to a 12% spike in productivity whereas unhappiness led to a 10% drop in productivity. Author of bestselling book “The Happiness Advantage”, Shawn Anchor, found that happy workers are much better collaborators in achieving common goals and are more productive in the workplace as when one is happy, the brain actually functions better.
In terms of attracting inward investment and talent to these shores, it is extremely positive news for Ireland that we rank so highly on the Global Job Happiness Index.