Are You Happy with Your Work, or Sad? [Infographic]

December 6, 2012

in happiness.

I found this infographic interesting. As someone who has worked for myself and for other companies, I wanted to see if I could identify with these statistics, and I can. Even when I was self-employed, I could identify with some on the happy and sad end of things. Now with the concept of workshifting, more and more non-workshifting employees are downright unhappy. What say you?

If you are working for someone else and are not a workshifter (aka in a flexible work environment such as one with flex hours or remote/work from home options), what do you think? Do you think it has anything to do with your work happiness? Would workshifting influence that?


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Bogdan January 4, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Hi there Tia. I guess most of us can’t wait to get home while at work. Workshifting of course kills the monotony of a daily boring job, and brings the diversity people need in order to not being bored to the bone during their work hours.
So, yes workshifting can make a worker happier.

Nadine Greg December 20, 2012 at 4:44 am

Agree with one of the previous comments – sometimes it’s not the jobs that are bad, it’s the people on those jobs. Superiors or coworkers, doesn’t really matter.

Misha December 17, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Working from home has its share of happiness and sadness. Though we are there when our family needs us, the idea of going to the office and meeting new people is also exciting. Maybe some us want to create our own offices and step outside home. But then when you think of how that will affect your home’s everyday issues, its back to square one!

Giovanni Acevedo December 17, 2012 at 6:54 am

I love the photo. I’m definitely going to share this with my friends. Where always making jokes about our job and how we hate it so much. I find that if you love your job, you’re going to devote a lot of your time and energy into getting the best work done. If you hate it, it’s the complete oposite, and you’re going to find yourself in a constant circle. (Paying bills, getting to work, etc.)

Marlene Pena December 15, 2012 at 7:24 am

I live in western Europe and this shift to jumping jobs is well developed here. Myself – I changed jobs 5 times in last 3 years, same with my friends. For every 3 friends I have at least 1 jumps job yearly. I wonder how this will turn out in the future.

Justin December 13, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Love the infographic Tia. I definitely see a trend in people wanting more freedom and flexibility in their careers/jobs.

I remember when I had a 9 to 5 and it was just like school. I spent a lot of time waiting for it to end only to do it again the next day.

Take Care. :)

Disha@authorland December 13, 2012 at 6:50 am

I’m a professional Freelance Writer/ Blogger & I love my work, I understand there is to much presser on my work but even I love my work because a Legand had said….Desire must be there in work….

Dave December 12, 2012 at 2:41 pm

It’s is surprising that more companies don’t offer flexible work hours or work-from-home options. Many office jobs could be done from home several days of the week. I would feel less stressed and the whole “big brother” issue of offices would be lessened.

Karen December 12, 2012 at 5:19 am

I love my work, after blogging for three years and writing reviews I was taken on by the local cinema to review the latest film releases, which in turn lead me going on to the local radio with said reviews as well. Which in turn has helped me towards being a bit of a local celebrity ;) So I love my work, nothing to complain about, except for the bad films.

Tia Peterson December 18, 2012 at 11:14 am

Karen, that is wonderful. I LOVE hearing about bloggers who have been able to use their talents to be paid by the “big guys.”

Adam December 11, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Well it depends. I am not really happy with my job, but then on the other hand, blogging is what makes me happy. So I guess I am somewhere in the middle. Hopefully I’ll be able to make blogging my job and that would make me really happy.

Santosh@travelbuzzpro December 11, 2012 at 1:07 am

i now officially despise all scientists and will spend the rest of my day looking for one to bludgeon.

Tia Peterson December 15, 2012 at 1:56 am

I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry at that comment. Are you serious!? Please say no.

Ben December 10, 2012 at 10:09 am

I think it just makes sense for employers to give a certain degree of flexibility, I think it keeps motivation high and people are more likely to stick with their job as your infographic proves.

Harry@Magento Themes December 7, 2012 at 7:10 am

I live in Asia, and the same thing happens here. My friends always complain about the working hours. They are so stressed, they get big money but have no time for relaxing. I’m lucky when choosing work for myself. It’s not easy and may get headache sometimes, but at least I have time to do whatever I want. Thanks for your post!

Maria December 12, 2012 at 3:48 am

Same here in Middle East… :( Long working hours.. :/

Tanya December 6, 2012 at 11:05 am

My husband and I both have very flexible work hours and have the option of working from home or in the office. I find that this schedule for us is a lot less stressful then when we worked a regular scheduled job. We have more time for family and more time to relax altogether. I don’t think I could be happy in a job anymore where it wasn’t as relaxed and flexible.

Tia Peterson December 6, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Hey Tanya – Thanks for your comment! I admit that part of the reason I’m happy with my job is knowing that if something were to come up and I had to work from home, I could. I like knowing that next year when my son goes to kindergarten, I don’t need to pay for after care because I can finish working the day from home.

Little things like that make a huge difference.

Matt December 10, 2012 at 5:16 pm

I agree with Tia. I work for a company that allows me to make my own hours, we have a ping pong table in the office and drink beer at work. They like to say we “work hard and play hard”. It IS the little things that make work so much more positive!

Tia Peterson December 15, 2012 at 1:56 am

Ping pong tables at work rock. We have one and I play every day. :)

Matt December 17, 2012 at 10:49 am

That’s awesome Tia! There’s really something to be said about organizations that just get it. They understand that the true power and growth for the organization lies with the people and giving them a positive atmosphere to exist in makes a HUGE difference in the amount of value employees deliver!

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