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Employer honesty 'needed' during downturn

Published: Monday, 22 December 2008   Category: Life after graduation

Companies need to be upfront and honest with their employees as much as they can to show that they care, Monster has claimed.

Monster human resources advisor Corinne Mills commented that good communication is needed throughout the year, saying this is likely to generate trust between employer and employees.

She said: "If in the past you've not treated your people well, and perhaps people have already left in terms of redundancy, you're always going to struggle to get people on board."

Ms Mills said companies can never guarantee anybody a job, but they can show that they care and help employees find new employment should the worst come to the worst.

She added that employees are more likely to be relaxed if they feel their bosses will be straight with them.

Research published by Mercer last week indicated that the majority of firms have avoided making significant cuts to employee benefits despite the economic downturn.

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