This Week's Herman Trend Alert

The Value of Applied Internships
 

  The Herman Trend Alert

January 20, 2010

European Expectations are Mixed

Expectations are often self-fulfilling. That is why when a recently released Financial Times/Harris Poll compared next decade expectations for the five largest European countries and the United States, we decided to share the results. (Two weeks ago, we actually devoted an entire Herman Trend Alert to US expectations. http://www.hermangroup.com/alert/archive_1-06-2009.html)

Not surprisingly, the French and the British were the most pessimistic (44 and 36 percent respectively), while Americans (43 percent) and Spaniards (41 percent) were more optimistic about what the new decade will hold for them financially. Over 40 percent of Italians polled were on the fence (neither optimistic nor pessimistic; we wonder how their recent unrest among migrant farm workers might affect this poll, if taken today).

You may remember that all of these European countries have struggled with lowered birthrates and increasing in-migration of workers to fill the open jobs local employers could not fill with nationals.

Looking ahead, ten years into what people think their standard of living will be it is not just the French who are pessimistic. Over half of French adults (56 percent) say their standard of living will be worse as do many Germans (42 percent), Italians (41 percent), and Brits (38 percent). Spaniards are split as 35 percent each say their standard of living will be better and worse.

When it comes to spending money most report they are spending more money than they did ten years ago; Spain (61 percent), Italy (58 percent), France (57 percent), Great Britain (51 percent) and Germany (51 percent).

Global increases in terrorism may explain why very few people feel safer. Most people also believe that the US and its allies are unlikely to win the war on terror.

Most Europeans agree (between 54 percent and 75 percent) that over the next ten years the government will do less for them and their families financially than it has in the past decade. Also, the current economic uncertainty is hitting home with citizens of these six countries, especially the French, and many people are taking a wait and see approach to what this new decade will bring. This attitude will negatively affect the recovery.


© Copyright 1998- by The Herman Group, Inc. -- reproduction for publication is encouraged, with the following attribution: From "The Herman Trend Alert," by Joyce Gioia, Strategic Business Futurist. 336-210-3547 or http://www.hermangroup.com. To sign up, visit http://www.HermanTrendAlert.com. The Herman Trend Alert is a trademark of The Herman Group, Inc."

BUY A BOOK, HELP A HERO
November 24th, Wiley released Jeff Wolf's latest book, Seven Disciplines of a Leader. When you buy a copy, 100% of the proceeds will go to wounded warrior veteran organizations: Warrior Foundation Freedom Station, Blue Star Families and Building Homes for Heroes. What a great way to say "Thank you" to those who sacrificed so much!

FIND THE SKILLED PEOPLE YOU NEED
Vetjobs can help you find experienced, qualified people. You'll find a valuable list of virtual job fairs where you can advertise at http://vetjobs.com/media/upcoming-military-related-career-fairs/ Or you can post your open positions at Vetjobs.com. Mention the Herman Trend Alert for a 10% discount on your first order.

HELP YOUR SUPERVISORS TO KEEP YOUR GOOD PEOPLE
Support your supervisors, managers, and executives to keep your good people. Our Retention Reminders subscription provides weekly messages to reinforce the important retention tactics. Call Carol at 336.210.3548 or visit http://www.hermangroup.com/store/subscription_all.html#3 to subscribe. Only $47 for a full year subscription. Quantity discounts available.

To read this Herman Trend Alert on the web: http:// www.hermangroup.com/alert/archive_11-26-2014.html


Herman Trend Alerts are produced by the Herman Group, strategic business futurists, Certified Management Consultants, authors, and professional speakers.

New subscribers are welcome. There is no charge for this public service. The Herman Trend Alert is read by over 30,000 people in 87 countries, including other websites and printed periodicals. Do you enjoy receiving this weekly e-mail update? Contact us about our co-branded Herman Trend Alert service. Click here to sign up for the Herman Trend Alert.


Subscribe or Unsubscribe to weekly Herman Trend Alert
View this week's Herman Trend Alert
Archived Weekly Herman Trend Alerts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


[ Home About Products Resources Media ]

 

7112 Viridian Lane
Austin, TX 78739
Voice: 336-210-3547
Toll Free in US & Canada: 800-227-3566
E-mail: info@hermangroup.com


  © The Herman Group. All rights reserved.

Web site design by WebEditor Design Services, Inc.