Fast Company – What is the secret sauce that creates the happiest employees? CareerBliss just released its findings on the 50 happiest companies in America. The data, based on employee-submitted reviews, evaluated numerous employee satisfaction indicators to identify core job characteristics that create the happiest employees. Key factors include work-life balance, one’s relationship with his/her boss and coworkers, work environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, company reputation, daily tasks, and job control over work performed on a daily basis. The answer to creating happy employees being an amalgam of all these different factors. Results of the study indicate that Apple and Google dropped from their top 10 spots down to #42 and #18, respectively. Meanwhile, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer climbed from #11 to take the top slot, followed by NASA and the U.S. Department of Defense. Linda Dishman provides the details as well as The 5 Rules of Happy Employees in Secrets Of America’s Happiest Companies.