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Don't Bank on Your Paycheck for Career Happiness

Posted February 23, 2011

Work happiness doesn't come from paychecksThey say money can’t buy happiness and apparently that also holds true for career happiness. According to CareerBliss data, the happiest employees say their happiness isn’t coming from their paycheck, rather from simple work-life pleasures.

CareerBliss evaluated more than 200,000 independent employee reviews to discover that the top three factors which contribute to work happiness are:

• The work one does: day to day tasks

• The way one works: control over daily tasks

• And the people one works with: relationship with co-workers

Surprised? You might be even more so when you discover who’s saying this. CareerBliss Happiness Scores reveal the happiest workers are in the following industries:

Happiness RankingJob IndustryAverage Score
#1Biotech3.275
#2Customer Service3.108
#3Education3.084
#4Admin - Clerical3.066
#5Purchasing3.065
#6Accounting3.059
#7Finance3.046
#8Nonprofit3.039
#9Healthcare3.039
#10Legal3.035

The happiest employees say these three factors trump all other key drivers, including compensation, job growth opportunities, who they work for and company culture.

So while most job seekers would agree that salary is an important factor when searching for a new opportunity and negotiating an employment package, CareerBliss data reveals that money alone won’t sustain career happiness over time. Before you look for your next big opportunity, determine what’s going to make you happy. Is it a sense of accomplishment, your relationship with peers or that big corner office? Whatever it is, be honest with yourself and make sure the employer is ready to include it in your job offer.

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The CareerBliss Team

CareerBliss cares about your career happiness. That's why we offer a variety of great tools and resources to help you make better-informed career decisions. We believe that if you're happier at work, you'll be happier in life! Check out company reviews, salary information, career advice and, of course, millions of jobs on CareerBliss and choose happy today!

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