What do a loan officer, warehouse manager and accountant have in common? Okay, the answer probably didn’t come to you immediately, so I’ll let you in on the secret: these are some of the happiest jobs in America. Yes folks, you heard that right. CareerBliss recently released the list of the 20 happiest jobs in America, and since you’re probably wondering how in the world these jobs ever topped the list, we’ll break down the key reason why these jobs outshine the competition.
The key to employee happiness is, drumroll please….feeling valued in the workplace. Happy employees are recognized and appreciated for their work. Not only is it the key to employee happiness but also to the long-term success of the business. So what is the #1 happiest job in America, you ask? A software quality assurance engineer. While that initially doesn’t sound like the happiest job in America, let’s explain why these employees thrive the most.
These employees are typically the final gatekeeper and approval channel before software goes live, so they feel integral to the company. They have a clear understanding of how their work contributes to the company’s success and, as a result, they feel tremendous satisfaction and pride from it. But wait, can’t that concept be applied in every company so all employees feel that way? The answer is YES, any manager can and should clearly communicate to their employees how their work contributes to the overall success of the organization and provide recognition when they meet their goals. The praise is enough to convert an unhappy worker into a happy worker.
The key takeaway is that companies need to take a step back and evaluate if they are providing the type of culture and work environment that makes employees feel valued and happy. It is especially important that employers act on this now, because they will lose employees that want to change jobs in order to improve job satisfaction. So build a culture of recognition in the workplace for employees to feel valued, and see how employee happiness soars.
What does your company do to make you feel valued at work?
Interested in what other jobs made the cut? Click here to see the full list of the top 20 Happiest Jobs in America