Employee Negativity Grows with Recession Fatigue


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Published in Society for Human Resource Management, December 18, 2009 by Kathy Gurchiek 

The cut-to-the-bone mentality of organizations trying to weather a lingering recession has taken its toll on employees’ perception of long-term career opportunities at those companies, according to a report released Dec. 15, 2009.
The negativity stems from being worn down by the recession, the survey says. That pessimism also is prompting workers to view their leaders in a less-than-rosy light, according to findings from Towers Perrin’s Quarterly Workplace Watch. Data is from about 640,000 people working at 54 companies around the world from July-September 2009.
A key question for organizations as the economy starts to recover is whether the changes organizations made during the recession are temporary or permanent, according to the survey report.

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