Close the Door on Anxiety
Your boss is sitting in another closed-door meeting -- the third in two weeks to which you and your co-workers were not invited. Maybe it's time to update that résumé.
One-third of workers these days often gets nervous when they see their manager in private conferences, worrying about possible layoffs, according to a survey of 1,000 people by Opinion Research Corp. for Lynn Taylor Consulting. Another third worry at least sometimes. A quarter said they rarely or never fear they're about to be laid off, even when the boss's door is closed.
A quarter of those polled said they think the average worker spends one to two hours a day worrying about personal job concerns such as layoffs, while a fifth speculated that such worries consume four or more hours a day.
Taylor, the author of "Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant," runs a California firm that trains executives to become more productive and trustworthy. She suggests managers reassure workers to quell "unnecessary panic and help them stay focused."
She said, "Opening your door literally and figuratively might . . . keep open the doors of your business."
-- Vickie Elmer