Canadians: The Happiest Workers in the World

Attention, bosses: You might not need to pay your employees at all!

A new survey by jobs site has discovered that nearly a quarter of Canadians like their jobs so much, they’d work for free. In fact, Canadians employees ranked higher in job satisfaction than those in other countries…

The worldwide study results show that Canadians (64 percent) are the most likely nation to say they either love their jobs or like them a lot. The Netherlands were the next happiest nation at work, with 57 percent saying they either love or like their employment, followed by India (55 percent), U.S. (53 percent), U.K. (46 percent), France (43 percent), and Germany (34 percent).

Here’s how it broke down when Canadians were asked this question: “Which of the following best describes how much you love your current job?”

  • Love it: would do it for free – 24 percent
  • Like it a lot: I enjoy what I do, but I could like it more – 40 percent
  • Like it: I like it well enough for now – 29 percent
  • Don’t like it: I think I could do better – 5 percent
  • Hate it: but it is a necessary evil – 2 percent

That was great news for Jeffrey Schwartz, executive director of Consolidated Credit Counseling Services of Canada.

“If you’re happy at work, you’re not only making money that will keep you debt-free, you’re not spending money frivolously – or engaging in retail therapy – because you’re unhappy,” Schwartz says.

If you don’t have a job and are struggling with debt, Consolidated Credit has advice for surviving a layoff. And if you’ve retired, the non-profit agency offers a free e-booklet called Planning Your Golden Years: A Retirement Guide.

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