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Happily employed? Sounds good, but not likely

We all know that those who can't find a job are unhappy, but as for those who are working-what's their excuse?

A number of things, according to a report released Wednesday by the Conference Board research group. The report found that more than half-55 percent-of all Americans are unhappy in their jobs. That's down four percent from 2008 and the highest number since the group began tracking data in 1987.

And while some of the dissatisfaction may be due to the current economic climate, researchers found that employee disenchantment has been on the rise for the past two decades. Among the most common reasons-fewer people find their jobs interesting, incomes are not keeping pace with inflation, and the cost of health insurance continues to rise.

While we have little control over inflation or rising healthcare costs, there are things employees can do to make their time at work more enjoyable-or at least tolerable. Sometimes, particularly in this economy, the answer is not necessarily to find another job, but rather, to learn to effectively manage the one you have.

To help you to do that, next week we'll explore some of the most common reasons for unhappiness in the workplace and find ways to deal with them effectively.

First on the agenda, the age-old dilemma: dealing with a difficult boss.

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