“Happiest” Countries Have Employees With Highest Levels of Job Commitment

<strong>London &mdash; Nov. 6</strong><br />New research from London&rsquo;s Cass Business School identifies an important link between the levels of &ldquo;happiness&rdquo; and extroversion  found in a national population and the level of commitment employees in that country have toward their employers. Income levels and the strength of a country&rsquo;s economy, however, were found to have no effect on the level of employees&rsquo; job commitment.<br /><br />Dr. Garry Gelade and co-researchers have discovered that job commitment is high in populations with individuals identified as &ldquo;happy&rdquo; and &ldquo;extraverted,&rdquo; and low in populations with individuals identified as less happy and &ldquo;neurotic,&rdquo; and thus more prone to negative tendencies, such as anxiety. The happiness levels of the different populations were defined by published data from previous outside research, in which individuals self-identified along a scale from &ldquo;very happy&rdquo; to &ldquo;not at all happy.&rdquo;<br /><br />In their study, the Cass researchers examined national differences in organizational commitment (an employee&rsquo;s identification with an organization that makes him or her less likely to leave voluntarily) in 49 countries across the globe.<br /><br /><strong>High commitment from &ldquo;happy&rdquo; populations</strong><br /><br />&ldquo;Brazil, Israel and Mexico ranked as the countries with the most committed employees, and they also scored high in levels of &lsquo;happiness&rsquo; and extroversion ,&rdquo; said Dr. Gelade. The United States, Canada and the Scandinavian countries also picked up relatively high scores in the study.<br /><br />&ldquo;We think that in happy countries, people are surrounded by others who are generally positive and enjoy their work,&rdquo; he commented. &ldquo;This makes employment…


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