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**FILE** Mogul Donald Trump, who stars in NBC's "The Apprentice," strikes his classic "your fired" pose as he arrives at Radio City Music Hall for a presentation of new and returning NBC shows, Monday, May 16, 2005 in New York. ) (MARY ALTAFFER/AP)


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Survey shows majority of workers would be happier, do a better job if they got along better with their boss

Mother’s Day, Father’s Day – it seems like there’s a day of recognition for everyone, and today marks National Boss Day in the United States.

Before you go looking for flowers on your desk from appreciative staffers, if you’re at the helm of a small business, a new survey connected to the day might provide a sobering reminder of why it pays to be a good boss.

The study found that just 36 per cent of Americans are happy at their job – and 65 per cent said a better boss would make them happy, compared to just 35 per cent who would choose a pay raise.

Nearly a third – 31 per cent – said they feel uninspired and unappreciated by their boss, and nearly 15 per cent feel “downright miserable, bored and lonely.”

Just 38 per cent characterized their boss as “great,” while 42 per cent said their boss doesn’t work very hard, and close to 20 per cent said their boss has “little or no integrity.”

As well, nearly three-quarters of those in their twenties and thirties said their health is at stake because of their boss.

You might want to pay attention to this: Nearly 70 per cent said they’d be happier, 60 per cent said they would do a better job, and 55 per cent said they’d be more successful in their career, if they got along better with their boss.

There are many who have carved success with reputations as bad bosses, such as Donald Trump, notes this piece in Forbes, which also points out several of the “new breed of successful entrepreneurs” who understand how being a good boss brings out the best in staff, from Google’s Larry Page to Zappos’s Tony Hseish to Southwest Airlines’ Herb Kelleher.

If you think you need to spend more time on becoming a good boss, you’re not alone. Even Dolly Parton, opening a British premiere of a stage musical of 9 to 5, as the famed movie she starred in was called, says she has to work at being a good boss of her film production and theme park empire, according to this piece in The Manchester Evening News.

Small firms behind Austrian daredevil’s big skydive

Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner, who became the first man to break the sound barrier in his freefall jump from space last Sunday, had a lot of entrepreneurial firms behind his record-breaking skydive, Inc. reports. From a California firm that developed his pressurized space capsule launch pad to a German firm that hooked up wireless video links, several small businesses helped the skydiver set his world record, according to the Inc. piece and the event website.


Small Business Week events

The week’s still young, so if you’re interested in events associated with Small Business Week, spearheaded by the Business Development Bank of Canada and running until Oct. 20, check out what’s happening across the country on BDC’s website here.

Upcoming: Small Business Summit Toronto

Hot on the heels of our Vancouver event, The Globe and Mail’s Report on Small Business is readying for the next Small Business Summit, to take place in Toronto on Nov. 22. Register now at a discount. For more information on the day-long event to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses, click here.


Tread carefully when sourcing from China

For decades,low prices have lured many businesses to China as a source of goods. But many businesses don’t appreciate the pitfalls and expenses, writes columnist Chris Griffiths. Armed with a dozen years of experience and continued frequent visits, he offers up some advice for those starting to investigate the business case for importing in his latest column.


Into Africa: a growing number of firms jump on opportunity

Numerous Canadian companiesare responding to Africa’s economic growth story, which is beckoning many smaller businesses that see opportunities to sell a variety of goods and services into its markets. And the tempo is bound to quicken as Africa is home to six of the 10 fastest-growing economies in the world, wrote Sheldon Gordon in a story published in March. For those interested in doing business in Africa, he also offered up tips.

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