Wrike, the collaborative work management platform for high-performance
teams, today released its report “From
Positivity to Productivity: Exposing the Truth Behind Workplace Happiness,”
which offers new insights on what makes employees happy in a rapidly
changing, digital workplace. The report debunks common myths and finds
that levels of happiness are generally high at work, but not always for
the expected reasons. The happiest employees – those that identify as
being “elated” with their job – report diversity is above average in
their workplace, and say “doing meaningful work” is the most critical
factor in their happiness, ranking even higher than compensation.
To create the report, Wrike surveyed 1,000 workers each in the United
States, United Kingdom, France, and Germany on questions related to
culture, compensation, and collaboration. The findings indicate that the
happiest workers enjoy their teams, but also value balance between time
spent at work and home, and their employers put technology in place that
helps achieve this balance.
“The nature of work is changing, and with it, employers must also evolve
their strategies for building happy and engaged workforces,” said Wrike
Vice President of People Operations Megan Barbier. “It’s time to update
our assumptions on what drives happiness so that businesses can truly
invest in what matters most to their employees. That requires building
an environment where teams can collaborate effectively, regardless of
location, to complete work that has meaning and resonates with their
The report finds that happiness and productivity are heavily linked,
with 91 percent of elated employees saying they are “very productive” at
work. It also found that employees are willing to take drastic action
for happiness, with four in 10 respondents globally saying they have
taken a pay cut to accept a position that made them happier.
The report also finds key differentiating points between respondents in
different countries. Among these differences:
In the U.K., the happiest employees rank “office location” as the
second most crucial factor in their happiness out of the six options
provided. Office location ranks fifth in both Germany and France and
sixth in the U.S.
Fifty-eight percent of respondents from the U.S. and 54 percent from
the U.K. have taken a pay cut to accept a job that made them happier.
Just 32 percent of French and 29 percent of Germans employees have
done the same.
The leading type of workspace in the U.S. is a private office, with 30
percent of employees working in one. Despite the U.S. inventing the
open floor plan in the early 1900s and saw it resurge in Silicon
Valley in the early 2000s, the U.K. currently leads the pack in
killing the cubicle. Just four percent of U.K. employees report
working in cubicles, while 41 percent work in open floor plan offices
– also leading in that workspace.
U.S. employees view the impact of technology in the workplace more
positively. Users of CWM software in the U.S. were 2.5 times more
likely than non-users to say they “love” collaborating with their
remote team members and that technology makes it easy.
Wrike is the collaborative work management platform for market leaders.
The Wrike platform helps organizations align work with the most
important business objectives, create new efficiencies, and drive
results. It brings out the best in teams by giving them a single digital
workplace with all the tools, features, and integrations needed to
manage, automate, and complete work at scale. Founded in 2006 and
headquartered in Silicon Valley, Wrike is the partner of choice for more
than 19,000 organizations, including Google, Tiffany & Co., and Edelman,
with two million users across 140 countries. For more information,