All long term investments that need to be made are always subject to uncertainties, risks, psychology of leadership and market challenges.
People - the only sustainable Value Creator for the Enterprise, by it's very nature, needs a slow and long-term investment plan.
Wise organisations realise it. Fly-by-night organisations prefer short-term abrupt alternatives. Thus they prefer continuous hiring rather than talent development, reliance on quick-fix Rewards rather than authentic Recognition, dependence on paying high market compensation rather than engagement for retention, prefer unchallenged compliance instead of crucial conversations and on once a year feel-good review of performance rather than ongoing authentic feedback.
Take my prognosis. Such a house of cards has to collapse. Long Term talent investment is the only panacea for the health and success of the enterprise.
Rightly says Kennedy - "make it this afternoon" !