Filipinos are happiest workers in Asia – JobStreet

  • JobStreet says the Philippines has the highest job satisfaction rate as compared to other Asian countries
  • “The Happiness Index” showed Filipino workers were happiest with their jobs compared to other workers from six Asian countries
  • On a scale of 1-10, 1 being extremely unhappy and 10 being extremely happy, Filipinos got an average of 6.25 points

MANILA, Philippines – A report released by top job portal site, JobStreet, says the Philippines has the highest job satisfaction rate in Asia, as the country’s fast-growing economy lifts companies’ productivity and their workers’ happiness.

An article by Claire Jiao for CNN Philippines said that the “The Happiness Index” showed Filipino workers were happiest with their jobs compared to other workers from six Asian countries.

On a scale of 1-10, 1 being extremely unhappy and 10 being extremely happy, Filipinos got an average of 6.25 points.

Among the other six countries, only Indonesia came close with 6.16 points. Thailand follows with 5.74, then Hong Kong with 5.54.  Vietnam was next on ranking with 5.48 then Malaysia at 5.22. Singapore, which is a rich country, scored the lowest in the group with 5.09 points.

Philip Gioca, JobStreet Country Manager, said the continued growth of the Philippine economy is lifting the spirits of Filipino workers.

“When output is growing, productivity is there, targets are met, you can see happier people,” Gioca said.

“It’s actually virtuous circle. When you have happy people, you have more productive people. And then the companies grow, and they want to invest more in their people,” he added.

According to the Happiness Index Report, Filipino workers believed that the most important factor to feel satisfied at work is having good relationships with their colleagues.

“It’s the Filipino culture. We’re highly relational and we want to establish personal relationships with the people we spend a third of our day with,” Gioca said.

An article by Bernie Magkilat for Manila Bulletin said that the report revealed that a convenient work location also boosts job happiness, especially given the traffic jams around Metro Manila.

Among other factors that make Filipino workers happy include a strong company reputation, which the workers see as a stability factor to their career.

Meanwhile, among the factors that have a great impact on making a Filipino employee leave a job are low pay, lack of benefits and lack of training opportunities.

The report said that one in three Filipinos (33.33 %) said they would feel happier at work if they were paid more, while one in five (20%) said they would be more satisfied if they got a new job instead.

Gioca pointed out that the factors behind job happiness and unhappiness varied among workers depending on what stage they were in their career.

The Happiness Index found out that fresh graduates, junior executives, and supervisors all prioritized good working relationships while managers focused on company reputation.

On the negative side, poor pay and benefits discouraged fresh graduates and junior executives while a lack of training opportunities made supervisors and managers dissatisfied.

“You can see that while people are younger, they’re really more focused on themselves and their colleagues. As they go up the corporate ladder, it becomes more about the company and their opportunities to develop themselves and other people,” Gioca said.