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:
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;
instead of laying off good workers in unnecessary positions and then
hiring new people;
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.”
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
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.