San Diego Business Journal

One of the more humorous items I have seen going around on social media is a meme that says: “Just Remember that when Shakespeare was quarantined because of the plague, he wrote ‘King Lear.’” Whether this is true or not, who knows, but it helps me to bring up another great opportunity for anyone looking for something extra to do while confined to their own quarters wherever that may be.

The Old Globe believes theatre matters. So during this unprecedented time of closures and lockdown, they are even more determined to serve the public through theatre arts. Recently they announced that they believe it is paramount that even though their theatre is dark, they are developing plans to support and maintain valued connections with those searching for meaning and arts entertainment.

“In times of uncertainty, people crave not only information, but community,” said Director of Arts Engagement Freedome Bradley-Ballentine. He points out that since its inception, The Old Globe has been a vital gathering place to offer comfort, discuss big ideas, and entertain. So for nine weeks, the organization is offering “Community Voices” a series of online workshops dedicated to the process of creating short plays inspired by personal experiences. All in the community are encouraged to participate each Tuesday and Thursday on the group’s Facebook page “The Old Globe Arts Engagement.” This is just one of several creative new ideas the organization is working on.

Who knows, maybe another Shakespeare will rise out of all this.

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According to a survey taken by the San Diego-based Sage Executive Group of CEO membership, a majority of their top area business leaders are still planning to avoid layoffs and even increase hiring as the country bears the burden of COVID-19 restrictions.

Three-fourths of the 45 local respondents, including CEOs and executives of a broad range of companies from real estate, finance and technology services to restaurants and breweries said they expect sales to decrease in the next six months. But despite these concerns, more than half of the business leaders expect to avoid layoffs or even add workers, reflecting the diversity of San Diego’s economy, according to Sage.

In the survey, 20 percent expected to add workers; 31 percent foresaw no change and 49 percent anticipated a reduction in their workforce.

“Most expect results to be less than originally forecast, but most are confident of surviving the crisis,” said Sage Executive Group CEO Jerry Rollins. “They don’t know when the recovery will occur, but they want to be positioned to take advantage when it does,” he said.

The state-mandated measures to battle the pandemic have affected every company and for two out of three firms surveyed more than 75 percent of their employees are currently working from home. Also in the survey, three-fourths of the executives ranked COVID-19 as their major management challenge, ahead of dealing with a skilled labor shortage and global and local competition.

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Speaking of hiring, a number of companies have announced they need help right now as demand for their services or products are beginning to spike: Kroger, Albertsons. 7-Eleven, CVS Health, Walgreens, Walmart, Lowes, Target, Amazon, Domino’s, Pizza Hut, and Papa John’s to name a few. Many of these are hiring thousands nationwide because of such heavy demand for food, convenience, and delivery as the nation and region adjust to COVID-19. If your company is also looking to hire, make sure you let us know at businessnews@sdbj.com and we will convey the message to our readers.