Some companies feel the need to cut back on employee perks as the economy takes its toll.
As companies in the architecture, construction and engineering industries adjust or cut back employee perks, one PSU professor emphasizes the impact these changes can have on workforce morale.
…Leslie B. Hammer, a professor at Portland State University with a doctorate in industrial and organizational psychology, warned that eliminating perks and other morale boosters from a workplace can have negative results.
“Informal support is really critical when it comes to employee morale and job satisfaction,” Hammer said. “I don’t want to speculate, but I would imagine once you have something in place, and it’s taken away, your employees are going to feel a sense of deprivation. A lot depends on how that is communicated. If there is no explanation when a program is cut, that is going to negatively affect employees.”
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