Cybersecurity Concerns, Energy Costs & Employee Retention
The percentage of CEOs who rated their business outlook a "10" (on a scale of 1-10) rose from 8.9% in February to 16% in the latest survey, which was conducted in April. Those who rated their business outlook 8-10 also increased, from 36.5% to 42.1%.
While overall optimism went up, there were substantial differences among sectors. Optimism at the highest levels (8-10) was driven by large increases among CEOs in financial services and financial institutions, professional services, real estate, construction and healthcare. For example, 40% of construction CEOs rated their outlook at the highest level in April, compared to just nine percent in February.
At the same time, optimism dipped slightly at the top range among CEOs in retail and consumer products, manufacturing and distribution, technology, and government/nonprofit/education, the survey found.
How would you describe your business’s vulnerability to cybersecurity threats?
How would you describe your company’s investment in cybersecurity defenses?
Is your business being impacted by the upward trend in energy costs?
How have you managed your increased energy costs?
Have you had trouble retaining employees over the past year?
What is your view of the current business environment?
What are the most important influences for your business planning in the next 12 months?