Employees in management and professional fields report the higher levels of happiness than other positions, according to a World Gallup Poll. Its World Happiness Report breaks down the who, what, and where of employee satisfaction around the globe.

Here are some other key findings:

  • White collar workers report positive emotions at work more frequently than blue collar workers.
  • Work-life balance, variety, learning new things, and autonomy are important factors in job happiness.
  • Unemployment destroys happiness: unemployed individuals experience 30% more negative emotions throughout the day.
  • Employee engagement and happiness are not as linked as expected: the number of people worldwide indicating they are actively engaged in their work averages only 20%.

Job happiness is a two-way street: employment and work drive employee happiness, and happiness at work improves company culture, productivity, and the bottom line.

Source: Harvard Business Review, Does Work Make You Happy? Evidence from the World Happiness Report