Job cuts lead to "culture of fear," study shows

10/16/2009 | eFinancial Careers

As companies cut jobs, managers often resort to intimidation and threats, creating a "culture of fear," according to a recent study by the University of Phoenix. Managers in all sectors of the economy communicated in ways that hurt employee productivity, and caused a lack of trust. "The lesson is that good leaders should provide open and effective communication and do what is needed to keep people free from fear of losing their jobs, so they'll be able to do their jobs more effectively," suggested study co-author Richard Schuttler.

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