a competent boss makes you happy at work

A Competent Boss Makes You Happy at Work

Bosses influence productivity and employee job satisfaction far more than any other factor.


If Your Boss Could Do Your Job, You’re More Likely to Be Happy at Work

by Amanda Goodall (@AmandaGoodall1), Benjamin Artz, and Andrew J. Oswald

Tips & Tricks:

Research indicates that a highly competent boss is the largest positive influence on a typical worker’s level of job satisfaction.

  • Employees are far happier when they are led by people with deep expertise in the core activity of the business.
  • Among American workers, having a technically competent boss is more important for employee job satisfaction than their salary (even when pay is really high).

There is growing evidence that happier workers are more productive:

  • Small boosts in happiness subsequently produce a reliable 12% extra in labor productivity.
  • Employees who are happy at work stay in their job longer, reducing downtime due to rehiring and retraining.
  • Firms with happy employees tend to perform better.

Here’s another thing that will help you gain happiness at work: the Swedish fika.