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Amazon is coming to town

By: Rob Salome | Posted on December 28, 2018

Nashville recently received the exciting news that Amazon is bringing 5,000 new jobs to the Music City. This is great news, but in a city where unemployment is the lowest in the Southeastern United States, this may have some adverse effects. The famous Christmas Carol, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, provides a few warnings that have proven universally true in how we should treat others and may also help in the competition for talent. Consider this slightly revised rendition of the famous song:

You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not pout
I’m telling you why
Amazon is coming to town

Do not be naïve about the impact that Amazon will have on your industry. They will most certainly fill the positions they seek, and while they may not take any of your employees directly, positions across Nashville will be vacated. These vacated positions will lead to a domino effect across the City’s workforce as people jockey to move into their desired positions

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