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How to cut work perks without damaging team morale

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Ah, the joys of being a manager. By order from above, the company is eliminating its tuition reimbursement program, and you get to deliver the news to your team. How can you approach the matter without damaging team morale?

It won’t be easy. Whether pizza Fridays are history or telecommuting opportunities are getting reduced, employees generally do not respond favorably to any perk cuts.

“It’s important to realize that the strength of the emotions around these issues far surpass the quantifiable,” says Ed Muzio, CEO of Group Harmonics and author of Iterate: Run a Fast, Flexible, Focused Management Team. “This makes the removal of even the simplest employee benefit a serious problem. You’re changing the ‘benefit for effort’ equation for your employees and acting in conflict with what they’ve come to expect as fair.”


For starters, avoid the urge to sugar-coat. Making the cut a bit more pal...(register to read more)

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