MANILA – Government workers are among the "happiest" types of employees, alongside those in the hospitality and restaurant sectors, recruitment portal Jobstreet said Monday.
Asked to rate their "happiness" based on various criteria, state workers gave an average score of 4.85 points based on a scale of 1 to 7 with 7 as the highest, Jobstreet said, citing a study that involved 1,008 government employees.
The criteria included work environment, such as management and leadership team, job security, and work-life balance, Jobstreet said in a statement, adding the results dispelled popular belief that government employees were unhappy.
Despite "higher than average" happiness at work, the respondents identified low salary and the lack of performance bonuses as some pain points of working for the government.
“Through the data gathered from this study, we aim to encourage more Filipinos to look past the stigma and prejudice and be more open to working for the government. After all, it does have its wonderful perks,” said Jobstreet Philippines Senior Manager for Government Christine Sevilla.
The study showed that an agency's values and reputation as well as the workers' relationship with their immediate superiors were among the biggest drivers of employee happiness.