My research shows that the biggest cause of unnecessary stress, and therefore disengagement in the workplace, is a fear of losing a job due to arbitrary or subjectivity and unfairness in performance or determination in terminations. This is a great example of how an organization can minimize the negative impact of downturns. This article reminded me of the 2014 Gallup Survey, which indicated that more than 70 percent of American workers are not engaged. My bet is that, at Barry-Wehmiller companies, more than 70 percent ARE engaged. They don’t pay above average wages or provide profit sharing…but they do provide security.
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