| Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 02:55 am |
my corps make profit. i have available workers. production is 100%+. no products haven't been sold. so why is my employment index going down and why is my corp value going down?
| Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 06:36 am |
1: Have any of the corporations in your country been closed down within the past few real-life days? If so, that would explain the decreases in both your employment index and in your corporation value. If this is the case, you simply need more corporations.
2: Are your corporations upgrading their production efficiency? When corporations upgrade their production efficiency, they produce the same volume of products but with fewer workers. The production efficiency also doesn't need to be upgraded manually. Rather, you can set your corporations to upgrade their production efficiency automatically. In fact, if I remember correctly, automatic efficiency upgrades are enabled by default unless you intentionally disable them, although I could be wrong about that. If this is the source of the problem, you once again need more corporations.
3: Have you recently downsized any part of your country's government? For instance: Have you reduced the size of your military? If you have downsized any part of you country's government, then it is likely that a large number of people in your country who formerly worked for the government, are now unemployed. If this is the case, you once again need more corporations to employ the extra people.
4: Is your population increasing? As your country's population increases, your country will gradually require a larger and larger number of corporations to employ the extra people. If this is true, then the answer is (again!) more corporations.
Corporation Value Problem:
Fist of all, the value which simcountry attaches to your state and national corporations isn't really important unless you plan on selling them to private investors. If you sell your corporations to private CEOs, then the value which simcountry attaches to your corporations determines the minimum amount of money which you will receive for them. Other than this, the corporation value is economically irrelevant. However, if the corporation value is decreasing, it could be a result of decreasing corporate profits. If production in your corporations is at 100% and there are no unsold products, then any decrease in corporate profits is likely the result of one or more of the following things:
1: Increasing labor costs. If there are fewer available workers, corporations are forced to pay their workers higher wages in order to compete more effectively for the available workers. If so, this isn't actually a problem. Although the high wages and high employment levels may be somewhat harmful to individual corporations, so long as there are enough workers for most or all of your corporations to be fully staffed, this is actually beneficial for your nation in the long term, because high employment and high wages will increase the happiness and welfare of your country's citizens. This, in turn, boosts population growth, thus ultimately providing you with even more workers to staff even more corporations. However, because you have stated that your employment index is falling, this probably isn't the cause of the reduction in your corporation value.
2: Increased cost of supplies. All of your corporations need certain supplies in order to run. If these supplies become more expensive, your corporations are then forced to pay more money for them, which then decreases your corporations profits.
3: Decreasing demand for the products which are produced by your corporations. If there is less demand for your corporations' products, then the market prices of your corporations' products fall, thus reducing your corporations' profits.
Most Likely Solutions:
Solution for Unemployment:
If all of your corporations are fully staffed, and you still have extra workers in all categories, you probably just need more corporations in your country to employ the extra workers, regardless of what change in your circumstances may have led to the surplus of workers.
Solution for Corporation Value:
Make sure that your corporations are making the largest possible profits. There are several things you can do to help your corporations to be as profitable as is possible:
1: Set your corporations to automatically raise and lower wages in response to shortages and surpluses of different worker groups. This will help to keep hiring, and by extension, production, at 100%.
2: Set your corporations to always buy supplies at "Best Price", and to accept supplies of any available quality.
3: Make sure production process quality and production process effectivity are both fully upgraded. Although these upgrades will cost money initially, the quality upgrades will greatly increase the amount of money which people are willing to pay for your corporations' products, while at the same time, the effectivity upgrades will greatly reduce the number of workers which will be necessary to staff your corporations, thus reducing your corporations' running costs.
4: (THIS IS A VERY JUICY TIP!) Don't ever build new corporations based on what there currently happens to be shortage of on the world market. The supply of a given product can change rather quickly from a shortage to a surplus or vice-versa. In contrast, although a new corporation can be built in a rather short period of time, it takes a rather long time to get them fully upgraded. Therefore, you shouldn't build any new corporation based on what products there happens to be a demand for at the moment. Instead, you should only build a new corporation based on what products you know that there will be a continuous market for in the LONG TERM. The best way to do this is to build only those corporations which produce the supplies which your OTHER corporations need in order to function, such as electricity for example. Then, contract as much of the production as possible of each of your corporations to each of your OTHER corporations, on the local market (not the space market, not the world market, and not whatever common market you may have joined, but rather, the LOCAL MARKET, which is to say the internal market of your country). Building only those corporations which produce those commodities which your other corporations need as supplies, and then contracting each of your corporations' production to each of your other corporations, does two beneficial things: First, it ensures a steady market for each of your corporations' products, and more importantly, it ensures that each of your corporations will always have most if not all of the necessary supplies available even when there is a shortage of those supplies on the world market. Without this, your corporations are likely to suffer from frequent, intermittent shortages of various necessary supplies, and this will greatly impede their production.
There are probably more things you can do to help improve the profitability of your corporations, but that is all I can think of at the moment.
| Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 07:04 am |
OK, I just looked at your country's corporations list, and I discovered that not ALL of your corporations are at 100% hiring. Instead, you have worker shortages in several of them. This explains why your corporations are, on average, loosing value. In your post, you suggested that all of your corporations were at 100% hiring. If that were true, then you would need more corporations in order to raise employment levels. However, since it appears that not all of your corporations are at 100% hiring, then I would instead work to boost employment levels in those corporations which are not yet fully staffed. First, make sure that the automatic hiring level in all of your corporations is set to 100%. Second, check the numbers of available workers of each type in your country. If there are substantially fewer workers in any one worker-group than in most of the other worker groups, that may indicate a shortage of that particular worker group, even if there are still some of those workers available. If this is the case, you will need to check the history of the number of workers in that worker group, to see if the number is increasing, decreasing or remaining steady. If the number of workers in that particular worker-group is either decreasing or holding steady, you need to increase the education priority for that particular worker group, although you should try not to increase the education priority for that particular group any more than is necessary, because you may otherwise create shortages of workers in other worker groups. On the other hand, if the number or workers in that particular worker-group is increasing, you may only need to wait until there are enough workers in that particular worker group to fully staff all of your corporations. Once there are enough workers to fully staff all of your corporations, I suspect that both of your problems will eventually be resolved.