Find a job you like and you add five days to every week. ~H. Jackson Browne
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. ~Confucius
The Dallas Business Journal reports that Americans of all ages and all pay levels are increasingly unhappy at their jobs, according to a report by the Conference Board, an independent economic and business forecasting organization. Researchers interviewed 5,000 households across the USA and found that only 45% of those surveyed are satisfied with their jobs. Younger workers — those under the age of 25 — are the most dissatisfied. Older workers also are hurting, which may cost the nation valuable training of future generations, the report suggests.
Two thoughts come to mind:
- Companies and organizations have been called upon to get lean and mean over the past couple of years. The tendency of survival is to have fewer people to do more work for less income. When these companiein to make a profit, will your key people be burned out? Expect to share in the profit? Will they wonder why you are not hiring help? Hint: Consider this a caution not to burn out your racehorses and to do as much lateral training as possible.
- There is a positive sidebar to the recession. The boomers did not have the predicted mass retirement walkout, but continued to shrae their experience with the younger generation; who may, for the first time, understand a different form of entitlement based on economics.
Maybe it’s time to push the RESET and REFRESH buttons on your job. Feel blessed rather than trapped in your occupation. Look for creative ways to enjoy what you do. Make it a better environment in which to work, and if you must, consider this a stepping stone for conforming what you would like and EXPECT your future to look like.
No matter where you are and what you are doing, you have purpose — be purpose driven.
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