I look forward to December.
The twinkling lights, the sound of carols in the air, the 18 inches of snow that shuts Edinburgh Airport every other day… all of these have nothing to do with why December is good for me.
You see, training dies a bit of a death in December… people have holidays, there’s a final push to achieve end of year targets and retailers are massively busy. All of which means that I get December off.
Or at least that’s what’s supposed to happen.
Not this year, though. It just hasn’t happened and, if anything, December has been our busiest month of the year.
Week 1 in December was a trip to Dallas, week 2 was the slightly more glamorous Peterborough, followed by 2 days in Ireland. This week it’s Birmingham (3 days), Peterborough (again), Bedford and Norwich.
I’m exhausted thinking about it.
I was trying to work out why this might be and I must admit that I don’t have any hard and fast reasons, only suspicions.
Although the Austerity Measures are supposedly beginning to bite and students seem the be throwing things at people, I think that private industry has decided that the economy is where it is and that the only way to really get out of the fine mess we find ourselves is to really go for it.
As a result we’re finding that our corporate customers are demanding training so they can develop their people to make more sales and our franchise customers are upping their recruitment targets to take advantage of the influx of potential franchisees onto the market place.
Finally, many EB businesses are seeing the possibilities presented by franchising their system and we’re getting business from that source, too.
Okay, all well and good and hoorah for us… but, if that’s the case, why the faces?
It’s because the other (almost) half of the economy driven by government expenditure is suffering and that’s the news we’re constantly hear about… 500,000 civil servants to lose their jobs, students (heaven forbid) having to pay for tuition fees and the NHS having to save 4% of its budget.
So, this got me thinking even more (and I was tired before I started). If the private sector, or so it seems to me, is simply rolling up its collective sleeves and getting on with sorting itself out, why doesn’t the public sector do the same?
We all know that we’re in the sh… well, in the dung and we need to spend less. Just get on with it.