Another finding: Gen X workers are the least happy, most stressed out and least interested in their work.

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A study of employee happiness has found that having pride in one’s organization is the No. 1 driver of professional happiness.

Those who feel proud of their organization are three times more likely to be happy than those who are not, according to the “It’s Time We All Work Happy: The Secrets of the Happiest Companies and Employees” report from staffing agency Robert Half and well-being expert Nic Marks. The report stems from a study of more than 12,000 workers in the U.S. and Canada.

The second and third top happiness factors? Feeling appreciated, and being treated with fairness and respect, the report says.

Those in the education and training sector, as well as marketing and design, reported the highest levels of on-the-job happiness and interest in their work, while finance professionals were among those reporting the lowest levels on these two factors.

Among other findings in the report:

—Most professionals are fairly happy. On a happiness scale of 0–100, those surveyed scored a 71.

—Employees at small businesses are happier. People working in firms with 10 or fewer employees have the highest happiness levels. Organizations with 10,000 or more employees report the lowest.

—Legal professionals are the most stressed. Legal professionals report the highest stress levels at work, while technology employees cite the lowest stress levels.

—Senior executives have the highest happiness levels, while people working in sales and customer service are on the lower end of the spectrum.

—Different professions have slightly different key drivers of happiness at work. For example, feeling appreciated is a primary factor for accountants, while doing
worthwhile work is more important for marketing professionals.

—For those ages 34 and under, a sense of accomplishment is the strongest determinant of happiness.

—Gen X workers ages 35 to 54 are the least happy, most stressed out and least interested in their work.