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Letter to Leaders & Swenson Insights

How Not To Lead In a Bad Economy

But unless you are implementing an overall reduction in force, the last thing you want to do is threaten employees. It costs a substantial amount of money to replace an existing employee.

Yet that’s what’s happening in many businesses right now – here are some examples:

  1. Managers are more reluctant about granting sick leave or holiday pay.

  2. Employee reviews are more negative than usual, perhaps due to the fact that managers are paving the way for a justified firing (so they don’t have to do a layoff).

  3. Employees are forced to do the work of two people without getting additional compensation.

Not the way to lead!

Find ways of making employees work better – and more efficiently. Consider any of the following:

  1. Flex scheduling that accommodates school visits, doctor appointments-or just personal time

  2. Telecommuting, from one day a week to full time

  3. Compressed workweek (for example four 9-hour days, or three 12-hour days)

  4. Job sharing (where typically two people share one full-time job, often overlapping for 1 day)

  5. Part-time seasons for full-time workers (that is, like a school schedule—work full time most of the year, part-time or not at all during the summer)

Courtesy Eve Tahmincioglu in

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