A new survey released by job website JobStreet.com tells us that Filipinos are the happiest, most satisfied workers in Asia.
This is based on the “Happiness Index Report 2016” which showed that Filipinos have the highest satisfaction ratings in their jobs when compared with seven other Asian countries surveyed which included Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The survey was conducted simultaneously among the seven countries from Mid-June to mid-July.
On a 10-point scale, the average satisfaction rating of the 12,796 Pinoy respondents is at 6.25. Meanwhile, Indonesia hit the second spot with 6.16 satisfaction rating and Thailand comes at third with 5.74. Singapore, on the other hand, has the lowest satisfaction rating at 5.09.
Additionally, Philippines likewise scored the highest at the Job Happiness Index which indicated 73 out of 100 Filipino workers were happy as well.
Philip Gioca, Country Manager of JobStreet Philippines, specified that among the reasons that make Filipinos happy with their jobs include relationship with colleagues, convenient work location, and company reputation.
In an interview, Gioca shared:
“When output is growing, productivity is there, targets are met, you can see happier people.
“It’s actually virtuous circle. When you have happy people, you have more productive people. And then the companies grow, and they want to invest more in their people.”
The Happiness Index Report said that the most important factor for Filipino employees to feel satisfied in their work is to have good relationships with their colleagues.
“It’s the Filipino culture. We’re highly relational and we want to establish personal relationships with the people we spend a third of our day with.”
Meanwhile, the JobStreet survey likewise mentioned several factors that make employees unsatisfied in their jobs which may lead to them leaving the company. Among the reasons cited included poor leadership, insufficient salary, as well as lack of benefits and training.
“To increase job happiness, Filipinos cited higher salary at 24 percent, getting a new job at 21 percent, and getting a promotion at 8 percent,” emphasized Gioca.