Last Updated Oct 14, 2008 7:08 AM EDT
Employees are becoming more discerning generally, says Stone, and redundancies are making people reconsider their career choices.
Just as employers claim they wouldn't necessarily re-hire staff they currently employ, employees aren't too sure they want to go running back to their old job.
"Economic turmoil is making everyone go through a 'midlife crisis', whatever their age. Everything's shaky, nothing's certain. And people feel life's too short to waste on a job they don' t want," says Stone.
What does that mean for employers? It means businesses need to get better at telling their stories -- selling their corporate culture and career prospects to potential new hires. Reinvention and innovation are at their height, believes Stone, despite (or because of) the financial crisis.