Money doesn’t always buy happiness … even in the workplace

CareerBliss recently released its annual list of Happiest and Unhappiest Cities for Work. The good news is Oklahoma City made the No. 3 spot on the Happiest Cities list. The bad news is Tulsa made the No. 4 spot on the Unhappiest Cities list. Ironically, the average salary for Oklahoma City workers was nearly $2,000 less than the average salary for Tulsa workers. So, maybe higher salaries don’t always equate to happier employees.

The report is based on 43,000 employee reviews gathered last year in which workers were asked to rate several key factors, including their 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 accounts for how an employee values each factor as well as how important that factor is to the employee’s overall happiness.

Only Miami (Florida) and Worcester (Massachusetts) rated higher than Oklahoma City on the Happiest Cities list. New Haven (Connecticut), Dayton (Ohio) and Milwaukee (Wisconsin) were listed as unhappier cities than Tulsa.