The happiest and unhappiest workers are predictable

Almost a decade ago survey of specifically white collar workers, but I doubt any thing has changed. In fact, if anything has changed the happiest are probably more happy and the unhappiest are even less happy.

A survey of white-collar workers has produced a profile of an unhappy person at work—and she’s likely a female lawyer or doctor.

According to the profile, the unhappy worker is a 42-year-old unmarried woman with a household income under $100,000 working in a professional position. In other words, she’s a doctor or a lawyer, according to a press release.

The profile of a happy worker, on the other hand, is a 39-year-old married man with a household income between $150,000 and $200,000 in a senior management position, with one young child at home and a wife who works part-time.

The profiles were developed from a survey of more than 670 North American white-collar workers by Captivate Network, the company that publishes news headlines on elevator and lobby screens.

According to the survey summary and a chart (PDF):

• When it comes to extreme happiness, men are consistently happier than women. Men are 25 percent happier at work than women, and 8 percent happier at home.

• Men are 35 percent more likely than women to take breaks “just to relax” and 25 percent more likely to take breaks for personal activities. Sixty-eight percent of happy people take breaks during the work day, compared to 41 percent of unhappy people.

• Seventy-five percent of men are happy with their work-life balance, compared to 70 percent of women. Eighty-nine percent of happy people leave work at a reasonable hour, compared to 49 percent of unhappy people.

• Ninety-three percent of happy people take vacations, compared to 79 percent of unhappy people.

Unsurprisingly, the 42 year old unmarried woman who relatively “failed” at her white collar profession is the most unhappy. Docs or lawyers making less than 100k probably took a wrong path somewhere. I’d also bet that unhappiest of the unhappy unmarried woman is childless. Her prospects for children are dwindling to 0 at that point.

And the happiest is not a surprise either. The married man with a high income, wife and kid, and the wife is not is not married to her job so she’s more focused on the family. The husband likely has a relatively attractive wife with a professional job and the wife has her hypergamy satisfied with a man who is relatively high status occupation and high income. She has the option of working some and focusing on taking care of her family.

Also goes to show that women tend to be worse than men at compartmentalizing work from the rest of life which agrees with Genesis that it was commanded to man to keep and cultivate the garden.

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