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Recession and a culture of sycophancy

September 17, 2009

I think this is another danger looming in companies. With large scale layoffs in companies, it has been known that the risk taking capacity of individuals takes a severe beating among the survivors. Whats can be worse is that if there isnt enough confidence built back in to the survivors, what starts as an aversion to risk develops slowly into fear of doing anything non compliant and slowly this would change to making sure you do everything your boss wants you to. The tendency to become subservient will get promounced across the organisation out of a constant fear and insecurity.

Unchecked across the organisation this can lead to a culture of sycophancy among those who stay back in the company. Ofcourse a lot depends on the reporting managers and how they handle their teams, but reporting managers are also likely to bask in this new found glory.

This recession is teaching us totally new things. Another challenge for HR folks!

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