An August study by Career Bliss ranks Auburn University employees as the happiest in the nation.
Raise your hand if you’re shocked. No hands? Didn’t think so.
Auburn earned a happiness rating of 4.40 (out of a possible 5) to finish in the top spot nationwide. Other colleges that finished in the top ten included Texas Tech, Houston and Wisconsin.
The rankings were calculated using responses to more than 70,000 independent reviews submitted by university employees at colleges around the country.
According to the website, CareerBliss data evaluated key factors that affect work happiness including: work-life balance, one’s relationship with his/her boss and co-workers, work environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, company reputation, daily tasks and job control over work performed on a daily basis.
Auburn employees listed a fast-paced environment, diversity, group-oriented and supportive environment and an outstanding learning environment as positives.
One program associate who responded to the survey noted that Auburn encourages a family-like atmosphere.
There’s that word again. Family.
Is there any doubt that in a survey rating someone’s happiness at being a part of the Auburn staff that the word “family” would come into play?
That’s just who and what we are.
Some would use that word to mock us. They don’t get it. Never will. Their loss.
A small few revel in the sheepy blackness of their familial relationship. One day we hope they’ll come around.
All of us who have been shaped and molded by our Auburn experience, all of us who carry the Auburn spirit in our hearts are just that: Family.
We may disagree with each other, we may argue, we may have vastly different ideas but we all know that at the core we only want what’s best for Auburn. Our love for the school and what it represents is the tie that binds us all.
It’s why we embrace the Auburn Creed and do our best to exemplify what it means to be an Auburn man or an Auburn woman.
It’s why we take the words of David Housel’s “What is Auburn” to heart.
“It is a spirit. It is an attitude. It is a way of looking at life and at one another. It is, almost, a way of living. Unless you have experienced it, you will never know what it is; you will never understand it. Once you have experienced it, you will never be the same.”
It’s why War Eagle is phrase of greeting or celebration and never a taunt.
It’s why Auburn is, as CareerBliss confirms (with apologies to Walt and Mickey), the happiest place on earth.