When it comes to making employees happy, a new poll shows no one does a better job than Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs.
A new study by CareerBliss, an online career community,revealed the 10 CEOs who are tops at keeping their work force smiling. Rated on a scale between 1 and 5, Jacobs earned a 4.35 and was followed by KBR CEO William Utt, who earned a 4.31, and Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos and FedEx's Fred Smith, who both garnered scores of 4.25.
"Companies such as Qualcomm, KBR and FedEx can be proud, knowing their CEOs are recognized by their employees for having a clear sense of leadership and vision," said Heidi Golledge, CEO and co-founder of CareerBliss. "This type of information can be vital for jobseekers and employees looking to these companies for a future career move."
The CEOs rounding out the top 10 were Infosys Technologies' S.D. Shibulal, Automatic Data Processing's Carlos Rodriguez, Miles White of Abbott Laboratories, Surya Kant of Tata Consultancy Services, Citigroup's Vikram Pandit and Jim Gillespie of Coldwell Banker.
The survey also found a strong correlation between CEO ratings and overall company happiness. Bradley Brummel, who specializes in workplace psychology, said company and CEO ratings are closely linked, as employees tend to hold the CEO somewhat responsiblefor their work conditions.
"A good CEO has the potential to enhance overall evaluations, while a poor one can make an otherwise positive work environment seem bleak," Brummel said. "CEOs with the most visibility are likely to have the most influence in overall company ratings, for better or worse."
Golledge said it's clear that if employees are happy with their leadership, that sentiment echoes through the entire company.
"After listening to the thousands of employees who reviewed the nation’s top company leaders, it is easy to see how CEOs can truly influence company culture," she said. "Knowing this information can be helpful for senior management, as well as current and future employees."
The study was based on surveys of more than 10,000 employees from 3,400 different companies.
Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who worked in public relations and spent 10 years as a newspaper reporter before becoming a freelance business and technology reporter. You can reach him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @cbrooks76.