CEOs concerned by slowdown in economic growth, according to Q2 2015 Vistage CEO Confidence Index

SAN DIEGO (July 9, 2015) — According to the Q2 2015 Vistage CEO Confidence Index Survey (, CEOs plan on adding fewer workers to their payroll despite cautious optimism about economic improvement.

“If the recession taught us anything, it’s that it’s better to be prudent than over-optimistic,” said Dr. Richard Curtin, economist at University of Michigan. “We’re seeing a shift in attitude, and CEOs are not anticipating the same strong economic rebound that occurred in the second half of last year.”

While the pace of increase in employee hiring has eased, locating, hiring, training and retaining staff remains an important issue for CEOs, with 35 percent citing this issue as their most important. A tightening labor market and rising wages have amplified the importance of this issue.

Other notable survey findings include:

  • Despite reports that firms do not plan on increasing the number of workers on their payrolls, there was no increase in the proportion of firms that expect to reduce their workforce, remaining at just five percent, the same as last year at this time.
  • More than 70 percent of all small firms reported expected revenue gains, while profits were expected to increase by more than half of small firms (56 percent) in the second quarter of the year.
  • Two-in-three firms reported plans to offer more flexible work options to their employees, and among these firms, 30 percent reported cost savings due to these flexible options (across all firms, cost saving were reported by 19 percent).

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About the Vistage CEO Confidence Index
The Vistage CEO Confidence Index, established in 2003, is a quarterly survey of small- to mid-sized business CEOs about the U.S. economy. The Q2 2015 Vistage CEO Confidence Index includes responses from 1,434 U.S. CEOs, surveyed between June 8 and June 15, 2015, with a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points. Since its establishment in 2003, the Index has proven to be a reliable indicator for changes in GDP and employment, two to three quarters hence.

About Vistage International
Founded in 1957 and headquartered in San Diego, California, Vistage assembles and facilitates private advisory boards for CEOs, senior executives and business owners. Vistage members participate in monthly, Chair-led private advisory board meetings. More than 21,000 members in 16 countries also have access to one-to-one executive coaching, expert speakers, and our global network of business leaders.

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