Every so often (perhaps too often), you get an employee who doesn't like being bossed around all the time. Those ungrateful punks stick around because you're their primary source of income. You hold the tenuous reins of control via a monetary leash. These are your headache employees. You run the risk of losing these troublesome employees unless you relinquish some your pointy-haired perks or pay them more to put up with you.
Economic downturns, like the current toilet swirling market, are opportunities to deal with these pesky, black sheep employees. Though the market may be total crap, your grip of the managerial reins tightens. High unemployment instills the fear of job loss into the hearts of your