It should be normal for a company to provide a sense of security of employment for its employees.
Ask a group of people to define- “What does job security mean?”. In today’s volatile economic climate, people might respond that security simply means knowing your job will be there tomorrow and the day after that. There’s a general uneasiness that exists in corporate America now unlike any other time in recent history. More than ever, companies have an obligation to ensure leadership is making appropriate decisions to strengthen and protect the organization. Company leaders need to instill a sense of calm. This sense of security can only permeate within a company if it comes from the top down. In crisis, employees need to see their leaders and management making level-headed decisions with a sense of composure and confidence. When management runs around screaming “The sky is falling!!” employees will soon follow suit.
So how do business leaders stay the course? By measuring their actions and decision against the company’s core values. In the midst of a storm, what keeps a company from being dashed against the rocks is holding fast to those parameters to which the company is already committed. Crisis has a tendency to make the most steadfast individual second guess a course of action or have a knee jerk reaction. Therefore, when stressed, decisions must be measured against the core value test as the constant soundboard.
Even in the best economic situations, employees want to have faith that their company is committed to providing an environment for growth. Having confidence that they can learn, develop, and even improve from mistakes makes employees feel secure. This sense of a “safety net” is what empowers employees to take on new responsibilities and greater challenges. Trapeze artists learn with a safety net beneath before eventually flying high in their feats. True security for employees is knowing that their company is willing to be a place where they can reach new heights without having the bottom yanked out beneath them.