In the article “Employees Spending More Time Worrying About Job Security” published by SHRM on March 13, 2009 , Theresa Minton-Eversole of SHRM addresses the fact that “With the constant barrage of media attention focused on the economy and the escalating unemployment rates, its no wonder employees – at all levels – are concerned about their careers and their future employment prospects.”
At a time when employees desperately need guidance and reassurance from their leadership team, it seems they’ve all gone missing (or at least hidden behind closed doors). To the employee, this signals more bad news is on the horizon and so the informal communications network starts humming about the “what ifs” and productivity takes a nose dive. To the executive, the closed-door meetings are a necessity to concentrate on solving the crisis quickly.
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