Business View Magazine | Volume 9, Issue 1

18 BUSINESS VIEW MAGAZINE VOLUME 9, ISSUE 1 POWER QUEST ION As employers, we need to listen to our employees, listen to some of the new generations coming into the workforce that have a different relationship with technology. And we need to be flexible and adopt new work modes and styles that can incorporate all the different generations and technologies. We want our baby boomers and Gen Xers to stay in the workforce, and we want to welcome our younger generations. We need to make the best possible work environment, so we can stay competitive and keep our employees happy, and engaged, and productive, and safe from a public health perspective. That’s very important.” Dean Trantalis, Mayor of Fort Lauderdale, Florida: “I thought 2021 was going to be a year in which we could look at COVID-19 in the rear view mirror and be able to escape its clutches. But the reality is, I think COVID is going to continue to be with us in 2022 and we just have to be better at convincing people to be vaccinated, and to get more people protected from the disease. We need to be better shepherds of our communities than we have been in the past. In 2022 our focus in Fort Lauderdale is to reach out to more industry to partner with the city and try to bring more jobs and more diversity, and just maintain a quality of life that people have come to enjoy here for so many decades.” Jason Robinson, President of Solar Buzz, Kingston, Jamaica: “For 2022, I think the focus needs to be on ‘Unity and Positivity’ for people to get back on track. With COVID and a lot of the negative news that comes out regarding politics, etc., people have really been beaten down over these last two years. We, as business people, need to come together and focus on the positive aspects that we see. Change is tough, but I think if we have a unified approach that things are always going to change, and you have to adapt to change, and change is good, then we can push forward together to help people get back into a positive frame of mind – in spending again and being positive about their future. For companies, we need to rise above all this negativity and grow back to where we can all benefit again.” Angel Reyes, President of Centinel Bank of Taos, New Mexico: “What I’ve gleaned about the Great Resignation is that people were re-evaluating what was important to them. They were really trying to reinvent themselves because maybe they got complacent in thinking “this is all I have and my potential is so much greater.” I try to look at it more positively… as I’ve communicated to my team, we are not going to return to normal, our focus is that we’re going to return to better. We’re going to take away all the great things that the pandemic has taught us, all the efficiencies and innovations, all the idea generation that was forced upon us. There were so many beautiful things that came out of that environment. So for 2022 and 2023 when we get out of this pandemic, we’re going to be better because of all we’ve learned. We can all be so much better when we dedicate our energy and creativity and our own talents to doing things that we are capable of versus doing things that we thought we had to do just by waking up and going to work every day.”