Towards the end of the year, the GNN Poll asked readers to describe the mood of the golf industry in the area in which they worked going into 2017 and the best word to describe that mood would be cautious.
As a matter of fact, the majority said proceed with caution, while another nine per cent said everyone wants to hide under the bed. While those two answers accounted for more than 50 per cent, a lot of respondents were more on the positive side.
Below are the results:
How would you describe the mood of the golf industry in your area going into 2017?
Proceed with caution. (43%)
No worse/better than most years. (25%)
Everyone wants to hide under the bed. (9%)
One of the reasons for that cautious approach is the impact of external forces from outside the industry, such as those that affect disposable income.
In Alberta, it may be the high unemployment rate caused by the state of the oil industry or in Ontario, it may be the high cost of hydro or the cost of buying a home, at least in Southern Ontario.
Whatever the reason, respondents to another poll believed external forces were having more of an impact than those that the industry had control of, such as time it takes to play, or marketing the game to youth or families.
Here are the results from that poll:
Which of the following has more impact on the Canadian golf industry these days?
External influences (Factors affecting disposable income, such as cost of housing, unemployment, taxes etc.) (83%)
Internal issues (Factors it can control such as time it takes to play, appeal to youth, etc.) (17%)
One of the factors the golf industry can’t control is implementation of a $15-an-hour minimum wage which, if it hasn’t already been adopted for the future, is certainly being talked about.
The majority of respondents to another GNN Poll expect that a $15-an-hour minimum wage will only mean less jobs and increased workload for employees who are working.
Those results are below:
What would be the effect of a $15 an hour minimum wage on the golf industry?
It would mean less jobs and increased workload for those receiving it. (74%)
It would enhance the lives of all minimum wage workers. (26%)
Although the federal government made a point of seeking gender parity in cabinet, respondents to another GNN Poll didn’t see government-mandated gender quotas being put in place that could affect staffing.
Do you see in the foreseeable future government-mandated gender quotas being put in place that will affect staffing where you work?
Gender quotas aside, the industry saw government decisions as having a negative effect on business these days.
How would you describe the effects of government decisions on business these days?
Tough, but fair (18%)