Could insecurity be a good thing in the workplace?

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"""The loss of job security is actually good for companies and for employees,"" says Dr. Judith Bardwick, a consultant to dozens of Fortune 500 companies, including IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Accenture. Shes also a professor of psychiatry at the University of California at San Diego.
This is true because studies show that when there is too much security job performance typically suffers. A feeling of not having to earn what is received creeps in because the company ""owes"" peopleowes them their job and owes them their salary. As a result, they stop worrying about being productive.
In a no-consequence culture, people have a tendency to concentrate on activities rather than results. How many employers still provide a no-consequence culture and, more importantly, how long will they stay in business? Are you part of one? Think about GM and Chrysler.
The column and podcast that follows will provide you with some valuable insights on how to create the conditions that will make people feel insecure, without making them too petrified to perform. When people are not feeling at least a little insecure, productivity decreases and we risk another recession. We must all learn from our past mistakes and vow never to repeat them.
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