CORPORATE CONFIDENCE IMPROVED SLIGHTLY IN JUNE
DESPITE CONTINUING IMPACT OF COVID-19 AND FALLOUT FROM THE GEORGE FLOYD INCIDENT IN THE USA, GLOBAL CORPORATE CONFIDENCE CONTINUED TO REVIVE FROM ITS LOW POINT IN APRIL
Kuala Lumpur (August 3rd 2020): The Worldcom Confidence Index (WCI), which uses a sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI) tool to track the sentiments and engagement of C-Suite Executives at over 54,000 leading businesses around the world (including 811 major Malaysian enterprises), has revealed that overall corporate confidence improved during June 2020, despite the continuing COVID-19 crisis, the impact of the George Floyd incident in the USA and ongoing economic concerns.
While corporate confidence is still significantly lower than that recorded by the first WCI in 2018, it appears that so far during 2020 confidence has been slowly improving since April, despite the ongoing global issues. In fact, corporate confidence in 2020 has so far proved quite resilient, with COVID-19 not having as big a negative impact on corporate confidence in 2020 as issues such global trade wars/tariffs and Brexit had on confidence in 2019.
In addition to tracking the overall confidence of CEOs and CMOs, the WCI also tracks their ongoing engagement with 23 business topics to identify which receive the most attention on a rolling monthly basis. During June 2020 the topics with the most engagement were ‘Upskilling and reskilling’ (+6%), ‘Reducing plastics and other sustainability issues’ (+7%) and ‘The impact and role of the media’ (+4%). These are three topics which C-Suite executives were the most engaged with online.
Topics which received less corporate attention in June included: ‘Sexual harassment and other bad behaviours’ (-11%), ‘Government and legislative Change’ (-9%) and ‘Global trade agreements and tariffs’ (-9%)
One interesting finding from the June WCI is that corporate leader’s confidence in the topics ‘Cybercrime’ (-6%) and ‘Use of technology to collaborate and innovate’ (-4%) saw marked falls between May and June.
As a result of these changes the ‘Use of technology to collaborate and innovate’ topic has now become one of the five topics in which global CEOs and CMOs have least confidence in managing. This could indicate that companies are beginning to struggle with the lack of face-to-face contact which has resulted from lockdowns around the world.
Niall Dologhan, Principal Consultant at TQPR (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, the Worldcom’s Group partner agency in Malaysia, said, “The decline in confidence in the ‘Use of technology to collaborate and innovate’ and also in handling ‘Cybercrime’ may result from a growing realization among corporate leaders that collaboration using online platforms such as Microsoft Teams and Zoom, may not be the perfect solution for maintaining business as normal during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is possible that C-Suite Execs are becoming more wary of technology as both they, and their employees, experience a growing fatigue with online meetings, combined with increased awareness of the cybercrime risks that a remote workforce can expose their organisations to”.
The full research includes many other findings, regional comparisons (i.e. Asia, North America, LATAM, Europe, etc.), key audiences for C-Suite attention and many more. The full results can be found at: https://worldcomgroup.com/confidence-index/june-2020-global-results/
The study is able to operate at this scale (over 54,000 senior executives), and in nine different languages, because the data is captured using a breakthrough approach powered by artificial intelligence (AI). Worldcom’s chosen research firm, Advanced Symbolics Inc (ASI), has developed a patented method of building large, but representative, samples and then capturing public information with their AI tool. In this case the tool collects and analyses the personal (but public) social media and blog postings of targeted senior Executives. Once this data has been collected the AI is able to interpret how the target group feels towards specific topics. This provides incredibly valuable insights because it not only represents what leaders are talking about but also shows their confidence or concern in addressing each topic.
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