We did a lot of postings on employees and the recession in 2009 because both have such a huge impact on any small business. The recession has had a negative impact for most businesses and employees can make or break a business. There was an article recently in The New York Times about small business owners and employees that gives some great tips on how to manage and treat your employees. The writer owns five small businesses in the Chicago area, so he should certainly have some experience in this area.
One of the last points he makes in the article is that sometimes letting a problem employee go is the best thing for the employee and is always the best thing for your business and your other employees. Now for the link between employees and the recession that is not mentioned in the article. With the current national unemployment rate at 9.7% there a lot of very qualified people looking for work. Now might be the time to assess your employees and make some changes. Hopefully you are happy with all your employees, because firing is never fun for either party, but if you have some problem people this should be a good time to take care of the problem.