April 16, 2017

"According to survey results released earlier this month, software developers are on average a 'slightly happy' group of workers."

motherboard: For employers, this is slightly good news as the happiness—or lack of unhappiness—of workers is naturally, obviously tied to productivity. by Michael Byrne

'The findings are described in a paper posted last month to the arXiv preprint server and are slated to be presented in June at the Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering Conference in Sweden.

'"A practice that has emerged recently is to promote nourishing happiness among workers in order to enact the happy-productive worker thesis," Daniel Graziotin and colleagues write in the aforementioned paper. "Notable Silicon Valley companies and influential startups are well known for their perks to developers. Recognizing the happiness of all stakeholders involved in producing software is essential to software company success."

'This is by now a cultural trope, of course: the coddled software engineer, toiling in between catered lunches and on-site massages while pulling in a comfortable six-figure salary. For talented and employable developers, it remains a seller's market. Indeed, happiness is crucial for retention in such a market, but the survey was a bit more interested in the idea of productivity—maximizing your HR investments in terms of both software quantity and quality.'

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