Do you love what you do?

On my drive in to the office this morning, an NPR reporter was quoting a report, due out today, that says most Americans hate their jobs.

The report, based on a survey of 5,000 U.S. households conducted for The Conference Board by TNS, found that 45 percent of those surveyed are satisfied with their jobs, down from 61.1 percent in 1987, the first year in which the survey was conducted.

Most unhappy of all were workers younger than 25. Which makes sense, given the restricted job market right now and, well, just the unhappiness that many young people have early in their careers.

But what does this mean for business owners? Are your employees happy? Because if they’re not, in all likelihood, your business will suffer. The start of the new year might be the best time to find out how your employees feel about their jobs and about your business.

It might also be the best possible time to be thankful that you own your own business so that, for the most part, you can love what you do. Isn’t that really the American dream?



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