Does Work Make You Happy? Evidence from the World Happiness Report.

De Neve, Jan-Emmanuel and Ward, George (2017) Does Work Make You Happy? Evidence from the World Happiness Report. Harvard Business Review.

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Since most of us spend a great deal of our lives working, it is inevitable that work plays a key role in shaping our levels of happiness. In a recent chapter of the World Happiness Report -- published annually to coincide with the United Nation’s International Day of Happiness -- we look more closely at the relationship between work and happiness. We draw largely upon the Gallup World Poll, which has been surveying people in over 150 countries around the world since 2006. These efforts allow us to analyze data from hundreds of thousands of individuals across the globe and investigate the ways in which elements of people’s working lives drive their wellbeing.

Subjective wellbeing – often loosely referred to as happiness – can be measured along multiple dimensions. We look primarily at how people evaluate the quality of their lives overall, something Gallup measures according to the Cantril Ladder, an 11-point scale where the top step is your best possible life and the bottom step is your worst possible life. Gallup then asks respondents to indicate which step they’re currently on. We look at this rating, and also investigate the extent to which people experience positive and negative affective states like enjoyment, stress and worry in their day-to-day lives, as well as analyzing responses to more workplace-specific measures such as job satisfaction and employee engagement.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Strategy
Subject(s): Strategy
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2017 13:17
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2018 08:29
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