5 Simple Policies That Make Danish Workers Happier Than Americans

Big Data , Education and Training , Updates

You will often see Denmark listed in surveys as the “happiest country on the planet.” Interestingly Danes are not only happy at home, they’re also happy at work. According to most studies of worker satisfaction among nations, the happiest employees in the world are in Denmark. The U.S.? Not so much. Here’s just one data point: a recent Gallup poll found that 18% of American workers are actively disengaged, meaning they are “emotionally disconnected from their workplaces and less likely to be productive.” The same number for Danish workers is only 10%. But why are Danish workers so happy compared to their American counterparts?

Reasonable work hours, constant training…most of these policies should be common sense for American companies. After all, the internet lets us get much more done in an average workday than our internet-less predecessors. Given how much we have to offer, we deserve at the very least, the enforcement of these simple policies.

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Gerd Leonhard

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