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Few employees are happier in their jobs than teachers, a new study finds.
Data from research firm Gallup revealed that teachers in the United States rate their lives better than all other occupational groups, except for physicians. Specifically, teachers score higher than almost all occupational groups including executives, nurses, construction workers and business owners on life evaluations, plus four areas of well-being: emotional health, healthy behaviors, basic access and physical health.
The study shows that teachers experience more enjoyment than their peers in other professions and are the most likely to smile or laugh a lot. Despite those positives, teachers still report high levels of stress, with 47 percent experiencing it daily.
While teachers might feel good about their well-being, they don't feel the same about their work environment. The research found that educators rank sixth in saying their "supervisor treats me more like a partner than a boss" and are dead last in saying their "supervisor always creates an environment that is trusting and open."
The results are consistent with past Gallup research that revealed 70 percent of teachers are feel emotionally disconnected from their work environment.
Since teacher engagement is the top predictor and driver of student engagement, researchers believe the findings have serious implications for students and administrators. The researchers said teachers' low workplace well-being, relative to other professional occupations, indicates school and community leaders have important issues to address in the classroom in order for teachers and students to reach their full potential.
The study's findings are based on more than 170,000 with employed Americans over the age of 18, including more than 9,000 teachers.