Kingsport-Bristol gets high ranking for areas best for work


Here’s another ranking story to ponder.

USA Today is reporting that the four-county Kingsport-Bristol MSA ranks at the top of the areas surveyed in the Gallup-Healthways Environment Index for content workers.

To determine the best and worst work environments, Gallup surveyed hundreds of thousands of Americans in 189 metropolitan areas in the U.S. in 2012 and 2013. The Work Environment Index included four metrics: job satisfaction; whether employees felt they used their strengths at work; how employees were treated by their supervisors; and whether supervisors created an open and trusting work environment.

According to the report: Unlike some of the cities where workers are most satisfied, Kingsport area residents had low educational attainment rates and the typical household made considerably less than most other metro areas. Despite the low education levels and incomes, area workers had among the most pleasant work environments. Employees in the Kingsport metro area had among the best supervisors in the nation last year. Nearly 65% of survey-respondents felt their supervisors treated them like a partner, and 84.6% felt their supervisors created a trusting work environment, more than all but a handful of other areas reviewed.

CLICK HERE for the full USA Today report.

You can download the full report at the Healthways Web site.

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