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Western Austria has the happiest employees

The state of Vorarlberg in western Austria has the happiest workers in the country, according to research carried out by a jobs website.

Western Austria has the happiest employees
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After studying 100,000 reviews of 30,000 Austrian firms, the website kununu decided employees are happiest out west, giving Vorarlberg a 3.72 ‘happiness score’.

According to the site, the saddest employees were in Vienna, which with 3.45 received the lowest score.

Styria and Burgenland came joint second place, with employees in those states scoring 3.71 on the ‘happiness’ scale.


Credit: Kununu

The researchers said that money alone does not make a happy worker as a good work atmosphere, good relationships between colleagues, and interesting work tasks, is more important for many employees.

“We see in the reviews on kununu that for productive work, a good work atmosphere and good relationships with supervisors are more important than high wages for many employees,” said the head of German speaking countries for kununu Dr. Ekkehard Veser.

Above all, happy employees treasure being given freedom to do their work and achieving targets and feeling confidence is more important that control from above. Self-determination and individualism are also seen as important tools for motivation and productivity across Austria.

“The demands from employees have changed in recent years. That means that the management models have to be changed accordingly,” said Veser. “The ability to motivate employees in the long-term will be a central factor in the future.”

 

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Germany’s BMW to put €1 billion into electric vehicles in Austria

German auto manufacturer BMW said on Monday it would invest "around one billion euros" in the production of electric vehicles at a plant in Austria from 2025.

Germany's BMW to put €1 billion into electric vehicles in Austria

Altogether, 600,000 units a year should roll off the line at the factory in Steyr under the investment plan, set to run until 2030, BMW said in a statement.

From 2025, BMW will “develop and produce the next generation of e-drives” at the Austrian site, BMW’s production chief Milan Nedeljkovic said.

The refurbishment of the plant will see two new production lines added and the location expanded by 60,000 square metres.

The new facilities would require €710 million in investment, while €230 million would be dedicated to boosting vehicle development at Steyr.

“Around half” the 4,400 employees at the site would be working on “e-mobility” by 2030, plant boss Alexander Susanek said.

The Bavarian manufacturer said it aimed to have two million electric vehicles on the road by 2025, promising 13 new electric models and a revamp of its Mini brand.

BMW has already said it will spend €400 million to upgrade its home factory in Munich to produce electric vehicles.

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