Are tech pros happy at work?
Many tech companies believe that loading up their offices with all kinds of amenities—from free gyms and unlimited PTO to cafeterias and golden healthcare plans—will lead to boosted morale and productivity. But as a new survey by Blind demonstrates, perks and benefits don’t automatically translate into happy employees.
Take Snapchat, for instance, which offers employees many of the perks you find at the nation’s best-monetized firms, and yet has the lowest percentage of employees saying they’re happy (38.32 percent). Perhaps that high degree of unhappiness is due to Snapchat’s secrecy, micromanagement, or oddly fractured office environment (at least as described in a 2016 Business Insider piece); but whatever the cause, the free food and healthcare isn’t moving the happiness needle like you might expect.
Other companies where the employees aren’t happy include Oracle (41.36 percent), Oath/Verizon Media (42.42 percent), and Booking.com (44.29 percent). (Granted, Blind’s surveys are anonymous and thus un-scientific, but we’re assuming they’re accurate to a certain degree; Blind surveyed 10,677 users of its app between Jan. 15-25.)
And what are the happiest companies? LinkedIn leads on that front, with 83.25 percent of employees reporting themselves as happy, followed by Uber (77.78 percent), Salesforce (73.20 percent), Apple (71.43 percent), and Tesla (68.89 percent).
That data is also interesting, as Tesla has a reputation as a company where employees are ground down by long hours and aggressive management. Uber has also experienced its share of issues over the past few years, although its current leadership is attempting a massive cultural turnaround. Yet employees who are supposedly from those firms report a high degree of happiness; perhaps they feel a sense of mission, which is a major contributor to employee morale.
In any case, here is the breakdown of Blind’s data, rendered as a chart for your reading pleasure:
Meanwhile, the new Dice Salary Survey has found that employees really like certain motivators from their employers. For example, some 17 percent said that “increased compensation” was the primary motivator provided by their employer in 2018, while 15 percent said remote work, and 10 percent said flexible hours. Another 10 percent were enticed by more interesting work, but only 4 percent cited a promotion as their primary motivator—suggesting that workers want money and work-life flexibility more than a cool new title on their business card.
It’s often difficult to determine what will maximize the happiness of an individual employee. That being said, employers who push a collective sense of mission, and pair that with solid pay and benefits, have a higher chance of making their workforce generally happy.