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.
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.