Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) employees are a happy bunch. A new study has found that the Microsoft workforce is one of the happiest groups in the working world. In fact, these workers are happier under new CEO Natya Sadella than Steve Ballmer. Microsoft staff members are also happier than the teams employed under Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL).
Microsoft Corporation Employees are Happy
What’s the old adage? A happy worker is a productive worker.
Over the past couple of years, Microsoft has let go thousands of employees. The tech titan has also made some questionable decisions that have affected the software superpower’s primary products.
Despite these trends, the workforce at Microsoft could never be happier, which surprises many.
According to a new study by UBS, using Glassdoor data, the tech firm’s CEO has an 88 percent approval rating. This is a lot higher than what the preceding CEO earned in 2013. At the time, when Ballmer was leading the tech giant, he had garnered an overall approval rating of just 51 percent.
It is believed that by the end of 2016, Nadella’s approval rating to surge to 95 percent.
Nadella has managed to create a happy atmosphere. What is grabbing all the headlines is the fact that Microsoft employees are happier than every other tech firm by at least 10 points. This includes Apple, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL). This is the first time that Microsoft has had an edge over Apple since the study started being performed in 2012.
“The overall results are supportive of our thesis that MSFT has once again become a destination for top tech talent, with annual ratings consistently improving and ahead of peers,” the study shows.
And it isn’t just the workers who are pleased with Nadella. It appears the Board approves of him as well. He was recently given a $4.4 million bonus for achieving all of Microsoft’s goals. In the last fiscal year, Nadella made just under $18 million in salary and bonuses.
Ostensibly, LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD) had the worst performance in its history. Prior to Microsoft’s acquisition, LinkedIn set records for both job satisfaction and CEO approval rating. It had a 17-point lead over the rest of the industry and a 95 percent thumbs up for Jeff Weiner. Today, it has plummeted to 11 percent happiness and 85 percent CEO approval rating.
The question remains: how will Tim Cook respond?
What has the Microsoft Corporation CEO Done?
Even before taking over from Ballmer, Nadella helped the tech firm transition into a cloud-first, mobile-first behemoth. Since then, Nadella has made the transformation clearer.
Here is a look at what Nadella has achieved over the past year alone:
- Microsoft shares have climbed more than 20 percent over the last 12 months.
- Word, Excel and PowerPoint are on the Android & iOS for free.
- The company released Windows 10, which has been widely celebrated.
- It ditched its old smartphone for a much-anticipated Surface smartphone.
- Microsoft has refused to scan your emails for the U.S. government.
These are just some of Nadella’s accomplishments so far. Microsoft is surely set to make even more strides in the coming years. With the HoloLens, the Surface Phone, new software endeavors and a war against cancer, Microsoft is doing a lot to better the firm and the world.