Vistage CEO Confidence Index: CEO Optimism Declines in Q1 2016 – At Lowest Level In 3 Years

CEOs expressed greater concerns about the outlook for the domestic economy but remained upbeat about their own firm’s prospects in the Q1 2016 Vistage CEO Confidence Index survey. The Vistage CEO Confidence Index was 92.3 in the 1st quarter 2016 survey, down from 95.5 in the 4th quarter, and significantly below last year’s 105.8. Despite continuing economic and political uncertainty, more CEOs reported that finding, hiring, and retaining staff is the most significant business challenge they now face. With a tighter labor market, higher wages and benefits to secure key personnel may be needed. Given the still weak global economy as well as the sharply different economic policies favored by the presidential candidates, smaller firms have remained the engine of economic growth.

Below are some key highlights from the Q1 2016 Vistage CEO Confidence Index (all members surveyed):

54% of CEOs plan to expand their workforce in the year ahead.

32% of CEOs said the single most important issue they faced was finding, training, and retaining employees.

41% of CEOs plan to increase spending in new plant and equipment, the lowest level in three years.

70% of CEOs expect increased revenues in the year ahead, and 55% of CEOs expect increased profits.

41% of CEOs said they do not feel that they are prepared for a cyber-attack.

For more details Vistage Confidence Index.

 

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