America’s (21st) Happiest Working City

You know the old saying, statistics never lie, statisticians do.

I’m hoping the folks over at CareerBliss.com are statisticians.  They’re the ones who ranked Boston #21 in happiest working cities.  That’s gotta be a lie, right?  You’re telling me that employees in El Paso are happier than us?  Des Moines?  (The Hartford of the West!)  Minneapolis?!  I don’t know what my issue is with Minnesota.  But clearly, I have one.

CareerBliss conducted independent company reviews from employees nationwide.  They collected a total of 200,000 data points on eight factors of workplace happiness: growth opportunities, compensation, benefits, work-life balance, career advancement, senior management, job security, and whether the employee would recommend the company to others.  The factors were then ranked on the importance of the factor in the employee’s overall happiness.  The numbers were combined to find an average overall workplace happiness rating.

Those seem like reasonable evaluators.  And my dad sent me the article, which gives it more credibility.  But how come we’re so low?  I love Boston!  I love working here!  I have never once thought I would be happier working in San Jose.  (What a commute!  Rimshot.)  I know a few people who fled New York City for the West Coast, but that’s understandable.  But leave Boston?!  Maybe if you got traded or something, but I’m pretty sure Career Bliss wasn’t targeting pro athletes.  (Let this be a lesson to folks who think Minneapolis has better job security!  Rimshot!  I am on a ROLL today.)

Of course, I’m also the girl who was waxing poetic about the T last week.  So maybe I’m not the best judge of awesome.  Not to mention, I was pretty content in #26, Hartford.  Hold up, Hartford is #26?!  People hate Hartford!  And Detroit is #23?  Okay, this is just madness here.  How on earth is Boston only 2 spots above Detroit!?  (Good news:  St. Paul, MN is 50th. Take that, Minnesota!)

I never answered one of these surveys, so I’m putting this on you people.  Why you gotta hate!?

Actually, let’s not point fingers here.  But really — what is falling short in Boston?  I know that we’re got a pretty high cost of living, so maybe that makes your salary seem lower.  Has the New England Puritan work ethic destroyed your work-life balance?  Is the metro-region’s 7.1% unemployment rate making you nervous about retaining your current position?  Or do you just hate your boss?  (For the record, I love my boss.  I love all of my bosses.  They’re the best bosses in the world.  In case they’re reading this.)

But I wanna know.  And I bet all those people spending tons of money doing surveys and trying to plan a city around our demographic (one in three Bostonians!) want to know, too.   And if you also love Boston, you should want to know, too.  We’re all in this together.

Spill it:  Why are you so unhappy?  How can we make it better?  Tweet it, Facebook it, or, best of all, break it down in our comments section.

Why is working in Boston making Bostonians unhappy?*

*Note:  Ending these posts with questions makes me feel dangerously Carrie Bradshaw-ish.  I promise never to ask you to reflect on your dating life or relationship history.  I’m embarrassed that it’s even a reference I can make.

Gifts We Have Already Received – Happy Holidays People!!!

What with Thanksgiving straight into December Holiday Season, we’re feeling pretty thankful for the gifts we’ve already received here at ONEin3.

We thought we’d take this slow Christmas Eve Eve and run down a bunch of the gifts of the season we Bostonians (and especially ONEin3ers) are cherishing this month.

If all goes well today, we will pass our monthly record for visitors today. On the 23rd of the month. We are so happy to have YOU reading. You guys are the bomb and we love you. THANK YOU for reading and commenting and liking and sharing. We hope we’ve given you some worthwhile reads along the way!

Speaking of you readers, you stepped up big and engaged in a great conversation on race and segregation in Boston, a subject we believe needs addressing. We hope you’ll continue the conversation with us in 2011.

Also speaking of YOU (we feel like Time Magazine right about now), we just cracked 2000 fans on our Facebook page and 2000 followers on Twitter. This is straight up awesome and you did it for us. Keep spreading the word!

The New Wing of the Museum of Fine Arts is awesome and shows Boston’s commitment to culture even in hard times. This is important.

The Celtics have won 14 straight, the Patriots are just crushing people, the Red Sox got Adrien Gonzalez and Carl Crawford. Will the Golden Age of Boston Sports ever end? The only weak link is the B’s and they’re sitting in playoff position. These are good times, folks!

On top of all the best players, we have Shaq miming and conducting the Boston Pops.

Rex Ryan. This guy is the best ever. Need I say more?

MassChallenge took the startup world by storm this year, giving 110 companies a home for the summer and nurturing 16 winners with capital and free space. Efforts like this are what make Boston the dynamic place that it is. Not to mention Greenhorn Connect, Dart Boston, BostInnovation and tons of other organizations doing amazing work.

The MBTA released their data and now we have TONS of apps to track our buses and trains. This has revolutionized our T-ing.

And a couple for the season:

Some grinches stole $15K in donated Toys for Tots gifts. What happened? Well, clearly everyone dove in and gave way more than $15K’s worth of new gifts. Generosity happens in this world.

I mean, this tear-jerker has it all. Kids, heart conditions, carrying people upstairs, the kindness of strangers. If it doesn’t get you right in the crying glands, you don’t have crying glands.

Ok, those are some of the things that warm our hearts. What others are we missing?

Happy Holidays ONEin3ers!!!

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