AE Quarterly is the quarterly newsletter of Antilles Economics. It features articles written by the AE team on business topics relevant to our Caribbean audience.
The main goal of the newsletter is to promote discussion on topics that affect doing business here in the region. We interview thought leaders, conduct our own analysis on markets (both from a micro and a macro perspective) and offer our two cents on best practices across a wide range of business functions.
We all know that there is not enough independent thought on Caribbean business, and we at Antilles Economics are doing our part to close the gap.
2017Q4 Edition

The Benefits of Training and Development

A company’s human resources is arguably its greatest asset. In order to get the most out of its physical assets, both in terms of output and longevity, a company will invest in maintenance and repair, on a regularly scheduled basis, of these assets. The benefits of training and development accrue ultimately to the organisation, contributing in no small measure to its success, and to the benefit of the customers it serves. This article develops the case for training and developing employees.

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A Preliminary Look at the Mass Market, Mass Affluent and Wealthy in Barbados

This article is a first attempt at understanding the size and spending potential of the three main consumer markets in Barbados – the mass market, the mass affluent and the wealthy. Historically, companies seem to have defined their market somewhat intuitively. While approaching segmentation this way has some advantages, the main disadvantage is that it limits the ability to plan ahead. Without an understanding of how target markets are changing, companies will find themselves planning with the inherent assumption that the future will be similar to the present.

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Age and Employee Satisfaction in Barbados

It is reasonable to expect that employees at the beginning of their career will be less satisfied and engaged than those approaching the end of theirs. Or similarly, older employees would be more successful and thus more engaged than younger employees. Apart from success, there are other factors that could in theory influence engagement levels. However, research conducted by Gallup suggests that, while there is some merit to this hypothesis of improved job satisfaction with age, the improvement in satisfaction levels is marginal at best. Furthermore, research recently conducted by Antilles Economics and Blueprint Creative for Barbados confirms that, on aggregate, employee engagement does not appear to improve notably with age.

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