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A new study by the Conference Board says that less than 39 percent of American workers under the age of 25 like their jobs, and that less than 45 percent of those between the ages of 45 and 54 like their jobs. These are the worst numbers in two decades, according to the report.

The older you get, however, the more likely it is you’ll like your job….since almost half of all workers over 55 say they are satisfied with their employment.

The study also revealed that people making more than $50,000 a year tend to be more satisfied with their jobs than those making less than $15,000 a year.

And, the study said that people from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania tend to be less happy with their jobs than people from Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico, who tend generally to be satisfied with their jobs.
KC's View:
Some of this isn’t hugely surprising – go figure, people who make more money and live in New Mexico are happier than those who live in New York and live on subsistence wages.

But it seems to us that one of a CEO’s central responsibilities ought to be making sure that employees are challenged and happy and invested in a company’s success. Maybe we’re naïve, but we can’t imagine how a company can grow and sustain itself with employees who hate their jobs.

Then again, maybe we’re just spoiled. Even when we’ve been betrayed by employers, we’ve generally loved almost all the work we’ve done and have looked forward to going to work each morning.