Tuesday, June 2, 2009

When empty desks linger, so do emotional effects of layoffs

As more companies cut jobs, they create problems for the employees who remain, including bigger workloads, low morale — and plenty of empty desks.
Just how companies deal with all the vacant work space depends on a number of factors, such as whether the company is going out of business or if employees work in teams.
More often than not, industry experts say, if a company is sticking around, at least initially, so do the empty desks and computers.
Even so, Karen O’Hara, chief executive officer of HR to Go Inc. in Elk Grove, said lots of empty cubicles can keep people’s fear and anxiety levels up. They serve as constant reminders of a company’s financial struggles.
That's why is important to communicate to employees and seek their feedback. When accurate information is lacking, rumors will take their place, and humans tend to believe in worst case scenarios, which can further drive down morale.

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