Four out of five practices have come up with strategies to deal with the
downturn but have failed to consult staff on formulating their plans, according
to a survey by Kato
The practice consultancy found that 84% of the 200 firms in its survey had
not consulted staff when putting together a strategy to deal with the economic
Yet the firms expect to increase the effectiveness of partners and staff as
one way to see through the crisis.
‘Despite the fact that increases in speed and efficiency of work feature
strongly in the majority of these strategies, the staff who will bear the brunt
of the work required for implementation have not been consulted,’ Kato stated in
its survey results.
Only 22% of those firms expect staff will perform effectively in the current
Two-thirds expect to see turnover decline compared to the previous year, and
55% expect to reduce employee numbers through a recruitment freeze or
Four in ten respondents expect clients to ask for extended credit.
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