I have had so many things that I have wanted to write a blog about in the past few weeks, that the end result has been.. nothing! Part of the reason for this is that the ideas whirl around in my head but, at the moment, there is no time to put them on paper! Which leads me to the question - why, if there is a financial crisis and we are all hunting for new work, are we all just so busy!!
It seems to me that the main reason, certainly here at our agency and at a lot of our friend's companies, is that we have all laid off people in the past year or so, with the end result being that, whilst we may have less work, we have less people to do it. A fairly constant discussion at JWA at the moment, where we are definitely seeing quite an upsurge in new business, is 'do we manage ourselves, or do we take on new people'.... but it is not so long ago that we were forking out a lot of redundancy money to people that could, now, be doing the new work. I must say, speaking as the boss, I really feel that I want to see sweat running down people's faces before I make that decision.
This is definitely one of the problems that the last two years of crisis has left a lot of companies with, so what is the answer? Sitting in the Czech Republic, where employers' taxes are so high (one of my redundant ladies said to me last year that she couldn't see what difference it would make to me each month to simply save her salary of x [her take home pay], when the reality was, of course, that I was saving her take home pay, plus the taxes she had already paid, plus a great big wodge of employers' taxes on top - in total nearly double the amount that she thought) it would definitely help if the Government could see fit to reduce our taxes and, therefore, encourage us to employ more people again. But without going into a rant about clients wanting so much for so little (that might be a future blog!), I am a little bit at a loss to know what else we can do, other than battle on.
On that note; an expression I heard recently and that I think will become my own personal slogan (but might not be such a good one for the company!): 'Winners never Quit. Quitters Never Win.' Kind of a good one, I think!