With employees suffering from too much work and too much stress, there are a few steps executives can take to improve the situation -- and morale -- at the same time.
Morale in the IT department has been in the weeds for several years now.
A bad economy, tight budgets and widespread layoffs have lead to
stressed out and overworked techies.
Analysts, however, say corporate executives can go a long way to improve
morale -- and business -- by following a few steps. Aneil Mishra,
associate professor of management at Wake Forest University's Babcock
Graduate School of Management has this advice:
With any restructuring move, management should craft a vision of
the future for their company -- not just for shareholders, but for
employees as well. Company leaders should not just offer rhetoric, but
offer specific details about the kinds of products they will make, the
customers they will target and what jobs will be needed;
Employers should consider retraining employees for different tasks
instead of laying off good workers in unnecessary positions and then
hiring new people;
Managers who do have to deal with layoffs in certain departments
may have to be reassigned to other areas. Many companies provide
outplacement assistance for employees, but they don't consider the
managers who had to deliver the bad news. ''Many companies don't
consider the managers who have to deal with the mess (of layoffs). It's
a very stressful position.''
Managers who have risen through the ranks with certain product
lines or products may have to be reassigned when assessing those
products because it becomes difficult for them to look at the
surrounding issues in an unbiased manner, and
Companies should look for internal successes rather than only
reacting to external situations. For instance, if a major lay off
occurs, companies may want to look for such things as improved safety
records and offer incentives for good business practices.