The recession hasn’t been all bad for American workers, according to a recent survey from Robert Half International. Their attitudes greatly depend on their workplace environment.
Most workers can cite at least one positive effect the recession’s had on their jobs:
- Ability to take on new projects: 53%
- More responsibility: 52%
- More challenging work: 52%
- Increased interaction with management: 44%
- More interactions with clients or customers: 38%
Keeping ’em motivated
Employees may be expanding their skill sets — but they’re still at risk for burnout if they take on too much. That’s why you — and their managers — need to be prepared for all possibilities during leaner times. Here are a few ideas:
- Recognize top performers through e-mails, by posting messages on bulletin boards or at staff meetings
- Remind them frequently how much their efforts now will help the organization in the future, while encouraging them to think about long-term goals, and
- Train managers to recognize the signs of burnout, so they can provide the necessary resources and support.