Chapter 9Raising Morale in Tough Times

“If you would lift me up, you must be on higher ground.”

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

The difference between working for one bank, department store, or manufacturer and another used to be minimal. Most people stayed with a company throughout their entire work life, many earning gold watches for twenty-five years of service. Stability was a virtue: the company man stayed put, and the company remained the company. Today, as companies merge, acquire, and disappear, any sense of a stable work environment is challenged. When the company cannot guarantee that it—or you—will be there in the long term, you tend to look for the next place to land. The wise employer checks the pulse of the workforce for signs of career dissatisfaction ...

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