In these troubled economic times, Canadians are easily satisfied so when news isn’t bad, it’s good even if there isn’t all that much to celebrate.
A good example is the news late last week that Canada created new jobs for the first time in six months, with a gain of close to 36,000. The caveat is that most of those are self-employed positions and that the unemployment rate stayed at a seven-year high of eight per cent.
All is not good news, according to forecasters. Canadians have already lost over 320,000 jobs and, by the time, the recession ends, somewhere between 500,000 and 600,000 are expected to lose their jobs.
The problem is who do you believe when you’re worried about losing your job or having to make job cuts at your golf business? The most recent unemployment numbers are a mixed message and so-called experts have different opinions on when the recession will end.
In other words, many will be wrong and many will be right when it all shakes out and the ones who are correct will likely get a lucky roll of the dice with their predictions. Speculation is pointless and all you can do is focus on your own particular situation.
That brings us to the new GNN Poll, now up on the home page. How would you describe the number of job cuts that could come at your golf business or the business that employs you this year – minimal or substantial? Feel free to include regular seasonal positions and full-time people.
As always, if you wish to expand on this issue, go into the GNN Forum after casting your vote in the poll and voice your thoughts.
Throw Away Those Knee Socks: The most recent GNN Poll shows that golf facilities are easing up on what is acceptable apparel on their fairways and greens.
According to the poll, 64 per cent of respondents said they have eased up on their dress codes, while 36 per cent say they have stayed firm on their policies in the past few years.
You can still jump in on this poll by visiting our archives session to cast your vote.