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Life Lessons from the happiest places to work in America- AFLAC's Matthew Owenby

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New research shows that small business employees may be among the happiest people in the workplace. That’s according to a new report providing an inside look at what makes a small business employee tick.


One major reason for their happiness stems from the way that many small business owners show workers how much they appreciate, respect and value them on both a professional and personal level.

Small businesses often offer many advantages that are harder to come by in larger companies. Employees feel like they are part of a family, working for the same goal. Employees agree that the best part of working for a small business is their flexible schedule. Since there are fewer people and layers to navigate, employees actually see the fruits of their labor and understand how their job fits into long-term plans for the company. 

The new Employee Happiness Report unveils a number of insights about what it’s like to work at a small business and identifies several factors related to satisfaction and happiness, including employees’ financial future, physical health and benefits package. The study was conducted by Aflac, the leading provider of voluntary insurance at the work site in the U.S.

Matthew Owenby, human resources expert from Aflac, will be available to discuss the feelings and attitudes of the small business employee and what it means for the small business owner as well as share some new resources from Aflac that small business owners can leverage to help improve employee happiness. Matthew has more than 15 years of experience in the financial services/HR industry and is senior vice president, chief human resources officer at Aflac, a company with more than 9,500 employees. He’ll be joined by special guest Michael Chernow, co-founder of New York City restaurants The Meatball Shop