In this week’s PROFESSIONAL LAND SURVEYOR SURVEY I’m asking the question:
Looking Forward to 2010 or Glad to See 2009 Go?
I ask this question both from a land surveying industry perspective and from a personal perspective. I’m sure that from a professional land surveying industry perspective 2009 has been a year full of challenges for most.
Whether you are on the employee side of the equation and where laid-off, your hours cut back, or even spent the year employed (which is good!) but shouldering the worry of whether or not you would have a job waiting for you day to day, 2009 was a challenging year. On the employer side of the equation, you scrimped, cut back, conserved cash, dodged a few bullets and had to make the tough, but necessary, decisions like laying people off and cutting back hours to keep your company alive.
Having been on both sides of this equation I can tell you that neither side is easy. It sucks getting laid-off and it sucks laying someone off!
Recessions Bring Focus
But when it comes to your personal life and lifestyle I think that some found the slowing of life’s pace that recession hurls upon us to be somewhat of a blessing. I know that I have. Recessions happen to re-focus us. When business and life become so hyper-successful (at least on the surface) it’s only a matter of time before a correction is needed.