Mzanzi has some of the happies

Mzanzi has some of the happiest workers in the world… those with jobs anyway

No jokes folks; a new study ranks us among the world’s top 10 happiest countries in terms of our workforce.

Mzanzi has some of the happies

According to a study by Universum, South Africa has the 5th happiest professional workforce in the world. The survey — which looks at more than 250 000 professionals in around 55 markets worldwide — is the largest of its kind and looks at three key aspects of employment: current job satisfaction, likelihood of recommending employer and sense of job loyalty.

“Essentially, the index offers a country-by-country barometer of the workplace health of that market’s talent pool and an excellent benchmark by which individual employers can map their own employees’ sense of satisfaction and loyalty.”

The report describes SA’s professional workforce as ‘fulfilled’, while Belgium takes top spot for the happiest workers in the world. Norway, Costa Rica and Denmark take in 2nd, 3rd and 4th positions, with South Africa coming in 5th.

The legal fraternity seems to be where folks are happiest, with aerospace and defence, education and science, insurance and the tech industry following suit.

On the other hand; healthcare, media and advertising, tourism, engineering and retail are the areas where people are the unhappiest.

According to Universum, these measurements should serve as a measure of how volatile their workforce is in terms of loyalty, and they should work towards closing the “happiness gap.”

The 10 happiest professional workforces worldwide are:

  1. Belgium
  2. Norway
  3. Costa Rica
  4. Denmark
  5. South Africa
  6. Austria
  7. Switzerland
  8. Greece
  9. Czech Republic
  10. Russia