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Saving money and morale

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SmartPulse — our weekly reader poll in Smartbrief on Workforce — tracks feedback from leading managers and HR practitioners. We run the poll question each Wednesday in our e-newsletter and feature analysis from SmartBrief on Workforce Senior Editor Mary Ellen Slayter on this blog.

Last week’s poll question: Do you consider your company “cheap”?

  • Yes, 36%
  • No, 35%
  • We prefer to call it “frugal,” 29%

The economy has a lot of employers cutting back out of necessity. But how much is too much? Stephanie A. Lloyd worries that some employers are taking advantage of their workers in ways that will come back to haunt them when the economy turns around. But not all cutbacks have to be insulting, right? What are some of the (hopefully nondemoralizing) steps that your company is taking to save money?

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