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Survey: Employee happiness rises at Home Depot

BY HBSDEALER Staff

An online career website found Home Depot ranked eighth on a list of companies advancing employee happiness.

CareerBliss.com evaluated more than 250,000 company reviews and ratings from employees to create its top 50 list of happiness improvement. Target showed the biggest increase — up 12.1% to a bliss index of 3.888.

Home Depot ranked eighth on the list, improving 7.964% to a bliss index of 3.772 this year. 

A consistent theme seen in a majority of the award recipients in the Top 50 list was a comprehensive benefit plan, according to CareerBliss.com. 

Click here for CareerBliss’ top 50 honorees. 

All assessments are derived from 2010 and 2011. A minimum of 50 reviews per company were required to qualify for the list. CareerBliss data evaluated the key factors, which impact work happiness, including work-life balance, one’s relationship with their boss and co-workers, their work environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, company reputation, their daily tasks and job control over the work that they do on a daily basis. The data account for how an employee values each factor, as well as how important that factor is to the employee’s overall happiness.

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K.Reed says:
Aug-15-2011 07:11 pm

They must have been
They must have been interviewing new folks, as I still hear the seasoned folks are unhappy.

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