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Thursday, January 12, 2006 3:15 PM
You Optimistic? They're Not (Sort of)
Kevin Salwen on Business

A new survey by accounting firm Grant Thornton offers us some surprising pessimism from business leaders -- but a ray of hope, as well. The company's Business Optimism Index fell in the latest semi-annual survey to its lowest level since Grant Thornton launched it in May 2002.

The index asks business leaders to look out six months on the growth of their businesses, their hiring expectations and an overall economic forecast. They were pessimistic about the U.S. economy, with 46% expecting improvement (compared with 68% a year ago).

When it comes to business growth, however, CEOs' outlook is a bit brighter, with 88% saying they were 'optimistic' about their businesses' growth in the next half-year. In fact, 33% call themselves 'very optimistic.'

And on the hiring front, 51% plan to hire more employees in the next six months while the number who say they will decrease headcount has increased from 8% six months ago to 10% today.

So, I guess they're optimistic about themselves and not about others. Hmmm.


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Alyse Hart - 1/12/2006 8:43:49 PM
Most workers are dissolutioned and ill prepared for acting like free agents. That's why management is pessimistic too. They're necks could be on the chopping blocks next.

It would be awesome if Captains of Industry and Corporations had to do something wonderful in order to keep their inc. status. Better if it were provisional and had time limits on it or wasbased on doing somethig of merit in addition to profits. But that's not the way they are set up to operate. It's not a pretty picture.

The only bright spot is the huge number women heading for the hills to start their own businesses. Though few will be able to replace their salaries easily or quickly with any guarantee. I don't think it will be enough to save the middle class. Hopefully individuals will realize the importance of small biz and shop at smaller establishments to keep our economy going and diversifying keeping us from moving to Shang hai. :-)


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