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Fight layoff anxiety with authenticity

March 21, 2023

Via: HR Dive

Statistically speaking, you, dear reader, probably have layoff anxiety.

Did I strike a nerve? March 9 survey results from Justworks and the Harris Poll suggested that 42% of U.S. workers are worried about being laid off. More than half are worried about company culture — which I think tracks. Because if you’re not plagued with fears of receiving pink slips, you might dread being the bearer of bad news. And these days, HR professionals are on both sides of the bayonet.

But what’s more interesting than reports of layoff anxiety is the concrete evidence of how this anxiety manifests. About half of respondents admitted to researchers that they’ve changed their behavior at work. Specifically, 46% of employees said their co-workers are more competitive now.

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