I spend a lot of my time talking to business leaders, of both large and small organizations. And I ask them: what are you worrying about, what are you prioritizing for the year ahead? Here is what they are telling me:
For the vast majority, public safety continues to be their #1 concern. Employers want to welcome employees back; public safety concerns are seriously interrupting that. One employer said, “if people don’t feel safe to come back to the office, we are in big trouble.” Another: “we recognize the need for a strong downtown core. How we do it is as important as what we do. If employees have a choice to come back downtown, safety issues are key.”
Their #2 concern is talent attraction and retention. Companies are telling me they are at all-time highs in terms of open positions. And several have told me stories of losing employees to virtual positions with companies located out of state.
Other concerns continue to be:
This article also communicates small business worries: inflation and rising costs. 33% of small business owners now rank inflation as the biggest challenge for the small business community. 85% of them say they are concerned about its impact on their own business.
If your concerns are different, let me know. I keep track and share with local and state leaders. Your input is valuable!
A pause for our colleague and friend, Cat McNerlin, who passed away March 29, 2021. It’s her birthday today, she would have been 52 years old. Cat was famous for her Wonder Woman mugs, signs, posture. And she also would have reminded us that today is National Cereal Day. I wore my Wonder Woman t-shirt to honor her today, our team laughed and sighed together at our team meeting as we thought about her. Cheers to Cat; she is missed.
Wild beat the Flyers, ended a 4-game losing streak. Woot!
See you in the trenches.
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