For the cost-cutters: A history lesson (Guest commentary)Reassure employees during recessionBy Barbara Moses03/09/2009|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/04/2009 Six months ago, a client of mine would never have found herself questioning whether her employer would foot the bill for her to take her small team out for a holiday lunch in December. It had been a tradition for as long as anyone could remember.But now, as the company responds to the economic downturn with a new regime of aggressive cost containment, my client was suddenly hesitant to ask about coughing up the $150 or so that it would cost.As a 30-year-old professional, fairly new to the department, she doesn’t particularly care about the holiday event for herself. But she understands how important it is to her long-serving staff: At meetings, one of their first questions has been whether and where the luncheon will take place. She thought they would be crushed if it wasn’t held this time. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.