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Exploring the alterations in eastern offices corresponding to restructuring, incentive rules and the expanding use of contingent workers from the point of view of staff, this title provides new insights into the mindsets of the employees by contrasting survey and theoretical resources with excerpts from blogs released by way of eastern humans.

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While some employees might see such measures as a way to increase the competitiveness of their company others might be worried that downsizing might become a recurring event and will eventually threaten their own livelihood. Employees might also have worries about the potential loss of capable colleagues, an increase in their workload, and loss of personal relationships. The second point concerns changes in working conditions and principles of employment. Here it matters whether employees see those measures as ways of strengthening the role of management, as measures to cut costs, or as measures to motivate employees.

Aiming for a higher proportion of part-time employees most companies did not resort to direct strategies such as early retirement programs to reduce the number of regular employees. Instead most companies froze the hiring of new employees for a certain period of time. For example, to decrease the number of regular employees by 20% Aeon decided in May 2002 to freeze the hiring of new employees for two years. Aiming to reduce the ratio of labor costs to sales from 12% to 9% it increased the number of part-timers at the same time (NKS 1 May 2002).

Hiring interviews for the new company will begin immediately. With this commotion there will be a surprise. 14 Finally, having to work with employees whose primary employment contract is not with the company, co-workers raise questions about Experiencing Corporate Reorganization 47 the sincerity of such employees in fulfilling their tasks. 21 February 2004 – Today it’s a complaint about a superior which I have been thinking about writing for some time. Due to him, I became infected with the wish to quit soon after joining the company.

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