Internal Study: When unemployment is up, so is employee productivity The grim reality: Some studies have found that layoffs and monitoring devices motivate employees to work harder and more efficiently. By Kristin Long@KristinMLongSept. 6, 2013 SHARE To read the full story, log in. Become a Ragan Insider member to read this article and all other archived content. Sign up today Already a member? Log in here. Learn more about Ragan Insider.