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Ten Years From Now&

We polled 2,000 execs, and the prognosis is surprisingly positive

In a decade, the average person will have better working conditions. Women and minorities will have an easier time getting ahead. And more of us will be on a first-name basis with someone in India. That, anyway, is what we were told when we polled 2,000 U.S. executives and middle managers this summer. Most of us, it seems, are happy and optimistic. Not to mention bursting with self-esteem: an impossible 90% of respondents believe they're in the top 10% of performers.

If we look at the answers of young people, BusinessWeek's poll indicates big changes are ahead in tomorrow's workplace. Young execs and managers are far less likely than their elders to put work first in their lives or to be content with their bosses. And what to make of this tidbit? People under 30 are more likely to have accidentally called their boss Mom or Dad.