Most Americans Hate Their Job
Over 53% of Americans are unhappy with their jobs, according to Forbes. The Conference Board, a research nonprofit, has been running a job satisfaction survey every year since 1987. In the first year of the survey, over 61% of workers were satisfied with their jobs, the highest in the survey’s history. Slowly, year after year, that number declined to the lowest levels ever seen. Now, more people are unhappy at work than those who are. The question is, why?
The authors of the study speculate that job happiness had declined in recent years due to more offerings of working at home. Employers are responding by improving office equipment and workspaces. This only part of the issue. The Forbes author speculated that prospects for a long-term career with the single employer have degraded. On top of that, companies have switched medical plans with higher deductibles and lower premiums as well as made payroll deductions. What does this mean for America’s employment future? Are the majority of employees doomed to work a job they despise? Does this sound familiar when you’re home after work?
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Neither the Forbes article nor the abstract of the paywalled Conference Board paper discussed the breadth of the survey. Did they focus on Fortune 100 companies, or Fortune 5,000, or “mom and pop shops” on the corner in a small town? We don’t know. What matters is that the participants were unhappy.
Trying Something Different
The status quo of established companies works for a lot of people, the neat rows of cubicles, professional attire, stability, job security, healthcare, retirement plan, a parking spot, three weeks paid vacation every year, working only 9-to-5 Monday through Friday, ten or twelve holidays a year, the daily 9:30 am operations call. However, there is another breed of worker. A kind of person who is not happy with stability or the status quo. Someone who is ready to innovate and to try something different. These people are the current and future small business owners.
America Runs on Small Businesses
As of July, 2015, the 28-million small businesses in America accounted for 54% of all U.S. sales, provided 55% of all jobs and 66% of new jobs since the 1970s, and over 600,000 franchised small businesses accounted for 40% of all retail sales and provided jobs for nearly 8-million people, according to the Indiana Small Business Development Center report. We need that 53% of people to do something different. Some of them will go to another company and do what they love there, great. Other people will start their own business. America runs on small businesses. America needs you. Either get another job or make your own. Do what you love.
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