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Company Morale: How important is it?

Posted by sweens on May 13, 2009

I think the answer is ‘pretty darn”.  I was reading an article today which was discussing when a company has a run of layoffs, they need to follow up on those layoffs otherwise they run the risk of lower productivity and trashed reputations.  What I liked from this article was the following quote:

“ There is a great myth that, following a layoff, the surviving employees will be so grateful that they still have a job that they’ll work harder and be more productive.  The opposite is usually true.”

I really liked that quote because I believe it is true.  And I believe this for two reasons:

1 – I have been through layoffs
2 – Some of my best recruits have been candidates who came from a company that just laid off some people

Being laid off is not an enjoyable experience for anyone.  Granted some people volunteer to be laid off, but ultimately it is not an experience people want to go though.  But surviving a lay off is not a great experience either.  I have seen my share of shake-ups in an organization and once the layoffs are done and you have settled back in, a lot of questions pop up into your mind.

Many of your friends are likely gone.  Tensions are a bit higher.  The whole dynamic of an organization can change over night.  Those are big obstacles to over come and often times can lead to more of a shake-up then expected.  Those people, who survived, are likely not as happy as before. 

As a recruiter, this is a great time to swoop in and look for candidates.  People will start to look for a job once their employment satisfaction drops below a certain level.  These candidates often represent some of the best talent available in the labour market so stay on top of your local news to see what is going on in terms of layoffs.

Ultimately, there is a big onus on the company to monitor the morale of any company.  Employees need to be kept in the know and re-assured about the position of the company (within reason).  Ignoring this can lead to a growing frustration within the staff, and your top-performers are likely going to start looking elsewhere…


** The article can be found in the OTTAWA HR MAGAZINE – May 11, 2009 issue – Written by Stefan Dubowski

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Job Cuts: Can I avoid them?

Posted by sweens on February 19, 2009

A recently published article in the Canadian Press offers a unique approach to avoiding corporate layoffs.  The article suggested that a Government program, The Federal EI job-sharing plan, exists where employees can cut their work week down from 5 days to 4 days and then collect Employment Insurance on the 5th day.  This plan causes employees to take a minimal pay cut and saves the company operational costs.  This is an option for employers seeking to cut costs while avoiding major layoffs.

The article goes on to claim that unemployment in Canada is expected to rise from its current level – 7.2% – to 9% by the end of the year.  The Canadian market is expected to shed 350,000 jobs during that time.  This federal plan has been used by many organizations since it came to exist in the 1980’s however it has been little publicized since its inception.  When this plan was initiated, unemployment hit 13% after a massive streamlining in the auto; steel and industrial sectors caused by high inflation and the second global oil prices shock.

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Is Friday dooms day??

Posted by sweens on February 5, 2009

I know most of us look forward to Fridays as they usually signify the end of a busy work week, however Yahoo News is reporting that an economic report that is scheduled to come out tomorrow (Friday) will show that Canada lost up to 40,000 jobs in the Month of January.  The article went on to further suggest that this was just the tip of the iceberg as many other companies are expected to cut jobs, freeze hirings and salaries.


The article did go on to state that Canada did enter this recession from a much strong point then our American friends.  Perhaps a bit of good news?


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