Happiness Barometer: 2022 data from the Well-Being and Happiness Observatory


The first 2022 data from the Well-Being and Happiness Observatory are available

The first 2022 data of the Well-Being and Happiness Observatory have been available for a few weeks now which gives objective measurements on the active Italian population, on an annual basis, to help all companies to disseminate and educate on the delicate issue of happiness and well-being in the workplace.

“Almost 40% of Italian workers plan to change jobs in the next 12 months”.

The Italian Association “Ricerca Felicità” has recently released the first 2022 data on the health status of happiness and the well-being of Italian workers, both in terms of company and individual and social dimensions, by taking a photograph of 7 survey objectives.

Overall, there is a Italy more satisfied with its work, demonstrated by the fact that in 2021 only 28.7% had responded positively to the question: “How satisfied are you * about your work? “; while, in 2022, the respondents who declare themselves satisfied reached 37.5% .

“With this second survey – says Elisabetta Dallavalle, President of the Research Association Happiness – aimed at measuring the health, happiness and well-being of workers, we want to continue a project begun in 2021 that will increasingly lead to understanding where to act to increase the happiness and well-being of workers in our country. Happiness is a scientifically proven meta-competence that can lead, through inclusiveness and acceptance of the multiplicity of individuals, combined with a punctual active listening and awareness of real needs according to the life cycle to a new organizational well-being, to a new humanism of organizations”.

This highlights the Great Resignation phenomenon, which refers to the significant increase in resignations and sees an increasing number of people leave their jobs, a phenomenon that also involves companies Italian.

From the data that emerged from the survey 2022 of the Well-Being and Happiness Observatory, it appears that the 38.5% of those who already have a job plan to change it within the next 12 months, a homogeneous percentage among all workers lower only among professionals with a VAT number (28%).

The search for new opportunities is very present among Millennials – it concerns almost half of them with 49% – while it is decidedly less mobile for those at the end of their careers. However, 18% of Baby Boomers would be willing to change jobs.

“The research has allowed us to investigate the phenomenon of Great Resignation – says Elga Coricelli, Co- Founder of the Italian Research Happiness Association – and what we are interested in highlighting are the multiple reasons for discomfort intercepted behind this phenomenon: the lack of personal and professional development is followed by the lack of recognition and fear of bornout, a factor largely in the first place among entrepreneurs and managers with over 43%. Companies should understand as soon as possible how to limit this phenomenon, in order to remain competitive in the market. Today and in the future, they will realize more and more with people who ask for greater flexibility, well-being and Hybrid Working so as to independently manage their working hours for shared objectives and acting on the levers of trust, instead of control. The new image of work that seems to take shape, tells of the desire to be able to contribute with value, grow according to meritocracy and count on the authentic collaboration of all “.


Happiness: the results of the 2022 survey

In the 2022 survey of Wellbeing and Happiness Observatory, the factors that could push workers, currently not interested in changing profession, to look for another job, were also analyzed. The factors that would affect the choice the most are, in addition to better economic conditions, the search for a lower level of stress (largely in the first place among entrepreneurs) and the opportunity for personal growth and professional .

“It was interesting to analyze the reasons that would push workers who are not currently interested in changing jobs – says Sandro Formica, Vice President and Scientific Director of the Italian Research Happiness Association – to think about making this choice. A situation is highlighted in which better economic conditions ( 47.3%) and less stress (33.3%) are much more desired than more career opportunities (19.7%), greater time flexibility (19.4%) or smart working options (14%).

Happiness: 7 goals

The 7 objectives investigated by the second happiness barometer of the population active Italian are:

  1. happiness in general and the meaning of the term;
  2. well-being;
  3. satisfaction;
  4. happiness at work;
  5. sense of belonging;
  6. recognition and discrimination;
  7. elements for the choice and the desire to abandon the current job and its meaning.

The survey involved 1,079 people, divided between employees (67.7%), freelancers (13.1%), managers (7.2%) and entrepreneurs (12%) in turn divided by gender with a weighted average of 42.1% of women and 57.9 of men, belonging to the four generations (Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, Gen Z) representing the Italian population active in the world of work.

The second edition of the happiness barometer, according to Sandro Formica, Elga Coricelli and Elisabetta Dallavalle, marks a step forward to collaborate with institutions, profit and non-profit organizations, schools and educational bodies to study together the tools to make society’s well-being and happiness evolve.


Happiness Research Associations

The Associazione Ricerca Felicità was born from the meeting between Sandro Formica, Elga Coricelli and Elisabetta Dallavalle and aims to understand the current state of happiness and well-being of our country through an annual survey which, in the first edition alone, involved 1,314 participants divided according to the generation they belong to ( Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, Gen Z), gender and territorial belonging.

Sandro Formica

Sandro Formica is the founder of the methodology “Science of the Self”, which demonstrated how to increase individual and collective happiness and productivity. Since 2019 he is director of the international course Chief Happiness Officer (Happiness Manager) certified by Florida International University and the organization of the WOHASU – World Happiness Summit. He has simplified the empowerment of 1,200 managers and entrepreneurs across four continents through science-based methods, tools and strategies to develop excellence and sustainable well-being.

Elga Coricelli

Elga Coricelli is an expert in organizational and transformational change of individuals with a focus on Well-Being and Science of Happiness. She includes certifications in the human field of Chief Happiness Officer, Coach, Positive Neuromanager, Master Trainer Sds, Board Facilitator, Hogan Assessor and Innovation Manager.

Elisabetta Dallavalle

After a long experience gained within the organizational context of a multinational, Elisabetta Dallavalle, today, is Senior Human Capital end Well-Being Happiness & D&EI Stream Leader of &Forward® in the field of wellbeing, inclusion and sustainability and work-life integration, advisor to the AIDP Lombardia Board of Directors, Owner of the Well-Being Diversity & Inclusion Lab and President of the Associazione Ricerca Felicità and Co-Founder of the Italian Well-Being and Happiness Observatory.