Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The State With the Bossiest Bosses Is...

It's the day before the day that doesn't usually exist, and here comes Gallup-Healthways trotting out its annual state-by-state well-being poll that includes a snapshot of the U.S. workplace. Pull up a squeaky chair, because this ought to be fun.

The results of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey are based on recent telephone interviews with a random sample of 353,492 U.S. adults in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Wow, that's a lot of people.

So, what is the state of U.S. states' workplaces? Gallup-Healthways' "Work Environment Index" tells us that North Dakota has the nation's best work environments. North Dakota also has the nation's lowest unemployment rate. Somehow, I suspect the two are connected.

Survey participants, meanwhile, perceive Delaware as having the nation's worst work environments. Forget Delaware's nifty incorporation laws, because when it comes to the workplace Delaware is apparently full of Waynes.

Overall, Hawaii ranks highest in well-being but it tends to have the bossiest bosses. So don't move to Hawaii unless you want an overly bossy boss and love to be micromanaged? Well, at least the weather is nice. West Virginia scores lowest in overall well-being. I'll leave it at that, since West Virginia, according to Gallup, already has enough problems on its proverbial plate.

The most fascinating (albeit not all that surprising) finding? The nationwide workplace well-being index has fallen from 51.4 to 47.2 since 2008 -- the most of any index in the survey. On the flip side, "life evaluation" is up nationwide. The workplace sucks, but we're getting more philosophical. This is what deep, dark recessions do to us. How do you know you really exist? Being stuck in traffic burning $5.00 per gallon gasoline. Nothing lets you know you're alive more than having less disposable income. A bossy boss works in a pinch, too.

You can read Gallup's rundown here.

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