Workforce Happiness Is A Strategy, Not An Endpoint. Why You Should Think Twice About Wanting to Work on Weekends

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The Globe and Mail 

As the global pandemic heads into its third year, workers continue to re-evaluate their jobs and whether their work makes them happy.

Workers across North America are experiencing what is being referred to as “Great Realization,” which means they’re quitting their jobs in search of more fulfilling careers and lives.

In the U.S., for example, 4.3 million workers left their jobs in January 2022. And while Canadians were more likely to stay at their roles in 2021 than they were pre-pandemic, some experts predict resignations and career switches may be imminent.

“The pandemic has forced people to work in different ways,” Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, professor of economics and director of the Wellbeing Research Centre at the University of Oxford says. “And that has activated an assessment of what matters most, how they work, and where they work.”

Mr. De Neve was one of the experts who worked closely with Indeed to develop its Work Happiness Score. This score leverages data from more than six million surveys of workers and job seekers on Indeed, the global jobs site and enterprise hiring platform, to uncover the forces that help people thrive at work. Indeed’s latest Work Happiness report reveals that unhappiness at work is the second-leading cause of quitting, just behind unfair compensation.

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