March 25, 2011 at 7:43 AM ET
If you’re looking for the secret to loving your work, perhaps a trip to northern Europe is in order.
A new quarterly survey of workers in 29 countries, conducted by staffing firm Randstad, found that Denmark and Norway had the highest percentage of workers who reported being “very satisfied” with working for their current employer.
Thirty-five percent of Danish and Norwegian workers surveyed were “very satisfied” with their jobs, according to the survey. In addition, 45 percent of Danish workers and 44 percent of Norwegian workers reported being satisfied with their jobs.
Americans actually weren’t too far behind the Danes and Norwegians, with 29 percent of us reporting that we are very satisfied with our jobs. Still, Canada, Mexico and Luxembourg all had a higher percentage of very satisfied workers.
The least happy workers appear to be in China and Japan. Only 5 percent of Japanese workers surveyed reported being very satisfied with their jobs, while 9 percent said they were very dissatisfied.
Just 7 percent of Chinese workers reported being very satisfied, while 3 percent said they were dissatisfied.
The survey was conducted in Feburary and included at least 400 workers workers, age 18 to 65, in each country.
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