An Obvious Poll Result?
I'm surprised the “yes” vote is only 88.84% for this question, posed by the Detroit News:
“Ford workers, is anxiety over anticipated plant closings affecting your workplace?”
Seems like rather obvious human nature that, yes, this would impact people. I think the lesson for lean leaders is to think about your employees' anxiety and do what you can to reduce it. Even if your company is not in financial trouble when you start your lean initiative, there will be anxiety and fear, rational or otherwise. A good leader doesn't discount this and say “they shouldn't worry.” People DO worry, it's a normal human emotion. Recognize it and deal with it the best you can.