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The last few weeks, stocks have gone up. The share prices have, relatively speaking, recovered well and risen roughly 30% compared to the prices of December last year. But share prices haven’t yet returned to the levels they started at before plummeting last year.

As a rule, the stocks are always one step ahead of the real economy. Just as the real economy is always one step behind the stocks. The question now is, have we reached the lowest point or are we going to relapse again? Nobody knows the answer to that question and of course neither do I, but I can tell you that this insecurity has an influence in the staff policy of companies.

I notice that a lot of companies are struggling to find the right course. Many flex workers have been sent home over the last few months. At the same time you can see several companies thinking of hiring flex workers again. This may be good news for the employment agencies. This while other companies are just starting to reorganise or are busy reorganising. Because of the consensus policy in the Dutch economy, it can take up to nine months starting at the management decision, before a reorganisation actually starts. This is a peculiar time, where several things happen at the same time.

My advice will be to set course in the direction of your career. If you know where you want to go, you have taken the most important step. Once you have made your choice, you will get the energy to do all the right things. So stay on the ball.


By Paul Donkers

"my purpose is to help improve strategy execution, to create high performing teams and coach for effective business leaders"

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