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Happy Is as Happy Does

Biotechnology employees are happier with their jobs than workers in any other profession, according to the results of a survey generated by the Irvine, Calif.-based firm CareerBliss. According to Forbes, "CareerBliss conducted 200,000 independent employee reviews from 70,000 jobs all over the country to collect 1.6 million data points on nine factors of workplace happiness," including the worker's "relationship with their boss and co-workers, their work environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, company reputation, daily tasks and job control over the work that they do on a daily basis." CareerBliss CEO Heidi Golledge tells Forbes that for biotech employees, "the people that they work with, and more specifically the person they work for, tends to rank higher in terms of importance, and employees are overwhelmingly happy with those conditions." She also says that biotech employees also say that they're content with their daily tasks as well as "the level of control they feel the have over that work," Forbes adds. Customer service employees surveyed indicate they were second happiest with their careers, while responses from employees in education put that group in third-place among those happiest with their jobs.

HT: The Big Red Biotech Blog

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