We all know communication is essential when getting benefits messages across to employees, but new news from Accountemps suggests that effective communication can actually improve morale as well. When used incorrectly, one-third of executives responding say that a lack of open and effective communication is the top thing that can damage employee happiness.

"Regular communication with employees is always integral to an organization's success, but it becomes especially critical during periods of uncertainty," said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of Motivating Employees For Dummies(R) (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.). "When people are concerned about job security and company performance, updates on corporate news are essential. By keeping employees informed, managers can address anxiety and ensure workers are focused on meeting business objectives."

For more information about how to effectively reach your employees, we'd suggest "Are you talking to me?" in this month's EBN.

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