A poll by the Wall Street Journal and iOpener Institute for People and Performance among workers across 80 countries in 30 sectors measured five components of happiness at work - contribution, conviction, culture, commitment and confidence.
The Netherlands topped the Wall Street Journal/iOpener table by scoring highly in all aspects, though the UK was close behind, with particularly high levels of commitment culture and pride at work.
Simon Lutterbie, director of research at the iOpener Institute, said the findings give a global insight into performance in the workplace, as the happier people are, the more productive they are.
"Moreover, when comparing the unhappiest and happiest people at work, employees who are really happy at work tend to stay about five times longer in their jobs, are focused on the task at hand three times longer and take around three times less sick leave," he added.
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Source: The Sales Executive News