Workers fear loss of job over safety, suggests survey

NEW YORK: Job security is a bigger concern to employees than

personal security, suggests new research from the Council of PR

Firms.



Council president Jack Bergen said findings show the increasing

importance and sensitivity of internal communications, and encourage

companies to ramp up these efforts.



The survey of 1,013 employees nationwide found that 36% were concerned

about being laid off or their company going out of business, more than

twice the 16% who were anxious about their physical security at

work.



In evaluating communications since September 11, 59% rated their

companies' communications to them about worker fears, concerns, and

business outlook as excellent or good. However, 31% rated it fair or

poor, and 7% said there had been no communication at all.



Bergen credited companies with stepping up communications with workers

since September 11, and for creating dialogue with a new tone of

openness and sensitivity.



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