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    Posted: Jan 14 2014 at 10:24pm
Cincinnati tops Forbes most unhappiest place to work.http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2014/01/10/the-happiest-and-unhappiest-cities-to-work-in-right-now-2014/
 
 
I would think anyone with a job would be happy right now.
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That's very disappointing with the urban revival taking place downtown. 

I'm wondering though if they're just using the city of Cincinnati for this. Many databases, when ranking cities, have used the Cincinnati metropolitan area extending up to Middletown.

That said, I hope it rebounds quickly. There's been a lot of good press for Cincinnati the last couple of years nationally. Hoping it continues.
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I would assume they mean the City itself.
 
On a side note, my wife is a legacy employee at Express Scripts in Fairfield - it used to be Medco. The few remaining original medco folks and her have started calling it Expresschwitz. I hear how miserable it is all the time.
 
And I have friends who work in and around the city and talk about how lousy it is.
 
But I take a hardline on this, perhaps due to my own experience - if you're so miserable - find another job. Easier said than done though....
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But they have the streetcar going in......I bet those rankings will soar now Wink
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Originally posted by zapp2525 zapp2525 wrote:

But they have the streetcar going in......I bet those rankings will soar now Wink


Only if they name the streetcar "desire". Or rename it a "trolley", complete with audible clanging sound.

And if you put faith in this article, I will sell you a bridge (in Detroit)


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Actually no, they are including the metro area up to and including Middletown in this ranking. 

I'm going to pass on the streetcar comments because I don't want this thread to be sidetracked. 

But Cincinnati is definitely on the rise. If it can only stay out of its own way.
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As I read the article I got they were talking the entire Cincinnati area. I have never been unhappy working in this area. Are there other areas that I would like to live? Yes, but I do not think I would be any happier.
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The more I think about this "study," the more flawed I think it is. The article doesn't really provide a lot of good information and the website (careerbliss.com) is even worse. 

How many cities were included in the study?
They said they interviewed 20,000 people which at first I thought meant per city/metro area. However after re-reading it, it appears that they interviewed 20,000 people total. That might not be a bad number depending on the amount of places they interviewed, but for this study to be meaningful, the number should be consistent. If they ended up only getting say 100 people from this area and 4,000 from DC, the results will not be very useful. 

Also I don't like their variables. I'd like to see their justification for including these 10 specifically and why and why not other variables. 

I'm probably spending WAY too much time thinking about this today but these things sometimes bother me, especially when talking about my hometown area negatively lol. I guess I'm just getting defensive (though I think my questions are still valid)
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Originally posted by Matt_Steele Matt_Steele wrote:

The more I think about this "study," the more flawed I think it is. The article doesn't really provide a lot of good information and the website (careerbliss.com) is even worse. 


How many cities were included in the study?
They said they interviewed 20,000 people which at first I thought meant per city/metro area. However after re-reading it, it appears that they interviewed 20,000 people total. That might not be a bad number depending on the amount of places they interviewed, but for this study to be meaningful, the number should be consistent. If they ended up only getting say 100 people from this area and 4,000 from DC, the results will not be very useful. 

Also I don't like their variables. I'd like to see their justification for including these 10 specifically and why and why not other variables. 

I'm probably spending WAY too much time thinking about this today but these things sometimes bother me, especially when talking about my hometown area negatively lol. I guess I'm just getting defensive (though I think my questions are still valid)


Fagetaboutit. You have to have seen this types of stories and articles all the time, some of them probably paid, for whatever purpose. It is more for entertainment and meeting a deadline, and could be made up all together. One thing I have learned about business news articles, (and it carries over into all aspects of life) people have reasons for doing what they do and don't believe anything that one (or a certain few) say about a particular subject, for they will lead you astray. I have learn by believing, jumping in, and losing money, and those are the lessons with staying power.


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The best line I've ever heard on this subject was from "The Drew Carey Show":
"Oh, you don't like your job? They got a support group for that-it's called EVERYBODY and they meet every night at the bar!!!"
"Just spittin out words to see where they splatter."
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I have great respect for Steve Forbes however this article in his magazine never should have been written or published. This goes against his own philosophy regarding true spirit of pro-liberty Americans. Look on the bright side of life, be optimistic and find opportunities.
 
By looking at a small unscientific sample of overly negative employees in the area, Forbes has raised a weak argument that the area is higher in unhappiness.  Forbes is wrong.



If the Cincinnati - Middletown corridor is so bad, then why is it attracting so much new investment? I can name a dozen or more projects that either have been built or are in the planning stage that help this area in sustainable economic progress which results in higher degrees of satisfaction and happiness.
 
During the next 20 years you will see most of the growth in SW Ohio along the Dayton - Middletown - Cincinnati Corridor.* That's in the cards, I have seen the plans, I know this is a fantastic area to live. I'm happy to call this my home. 
 
*The corridor has seen $1.2 billion in development in just the last two years, including $250 million in road improvements alone.
Reasons for Growth 
The Cincinnati and Dayton suburbs are slowly melding, causing a surge of population growth in areas between the two cities. The once rural Butler and Warren Counties now boast a greater combined population than Mongomery County. As a result, companies see the I-75/I-71 corridor location as a place to access a large work force. Since the area is at the nexus of three major highways, and close to four major cities and airports (Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, and Indianapolis),the corridor also offers companies access to big markets. Source

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