Job satisfaction is a complex phenomenon. Some say it comes down to meaning — employees who feel their work has purpose are more satisfied than those who don't. Some say it depends on office culture (though these people tend to work in HR). According to job-search website CareerBliss, job satisfaction may differ depending on where you live. After analyzing more than 20,000 employee reviews from 2013, CareerBliss has named the "happiest and unhappiest cities" for American employees.
I'm currently living in one of them. It seems Cincinnati, Ohio is home to America's unhappiest working populace. Other sad cities for employees included Denver, Colorado and Orlando, Florida. I guess Magic Kingdom's "happiest place on earth" status doesn't transfer to the rest of the city.
Note that "these aren't necessarily the 'best' and 'worst' cities to live in; they’re simply the places where workers are most and least happy right now," Forbes' Jacquelyn Smith writes. To get these results, CareerBliss asked employees all over the country to evaluate 10 facets of workplace happiness, including relationships with bosses and co-workers, work environment, compensation, advancement opportunities, and control over daily tasks.
“As you can see, mid-size cities can also provide rewarding and positive work environments for people," Heidi Golledge, chief executive and co-founder of CareerBliss, told Forbes. Or miserable ones! Here are CareerBliss's results:
5 Unhappiest U.S. Metro Areas to Work In:
1. Cincinnati, Ohio
2. Orlando-Kissimmee, Florida
3. Indianapolis, Indiana
4. Denver-Aurora, Colorado
5. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
5 Happiest U.S. Metro Areas to Work In:
1. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
2. Washington, D.C.
3. San Francisco, California
4. Las Vegas, Nevada
5. Salt Lake City, Utah
Seriously, California, do you have to win all the happiness titles?