How to manage layoff survivor syndrome.Chances are, if you've survived a round of layoffs in your career, you've probably experienced a pang pang
A sudden sharp spasm of pain. of longing for lost colleagues, a lack of motivation and a decrease in productivity. According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. a report by The Conference Board, an independent membership organisation, such reactions can be described as "survivor's syndrome."
Downsizing (1) Converting mainframe and mini-based systems to client/server LANs.
(2) To reduce equipment and associated costs by switching to a less-expensive system.
(jargon) downsizing has a significant, negative impact on work attitudes and often results in low morale, reduced commitment and a lack of trust and loyalty among employees, according to the report. So how can you minimise the effects of survivor's syndrome before, during and after a layoff? Follow these three tips from The Conference Board:
1. Communicate. Much of how employees perceive a layoff depends on how much information is shared, and from whom the information is coming. As a department head, provide written communication to your staff before, during and after the downsizing, highlighting the events leading up to the layoff and divulging any actions that were taken to prevent it. Survivors will then be less likely to perceive the layoffs as unfair or impulsive im·pul·sive
1. Inclined or tending to act on impulse rather than thought.
2. Motivated by or resulting from impulse.
2. Lead by example. If you've performed a layoff, you've probably harboured feelings of regret for having to lose members of your department and feel anxious about the light in which survivors see you. But as a business executive, it's important to set a positive tone. Kick your leadership skills into high gear and focus on transitioning your employees toward a brighter future.
3. Create opportunity. After the layoff, provide additional training to employees who have assumed new responsibilities. Motivate employees to seek out ways to improve their skills and contribute to the organisation, such as getting training in communicating in times of uncertainty, crisis and change. Offer one-to-one career counseling Noun 1. career counseling - counseling on career opportunities
counseling, counselling, guidance, counsel, direction - something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action to employees who are seeking advancement in the future, and encourage them to use outlets for stress management like yoga yoga (yō`gə) [Skt.,=union], general term for spiritual disciplines in Hinduism, Buddhism, and throughout S Asia that are directed toward attaining higher consciousness and liberation from ignorance, suffering, and rebirth. classes, flexible work schedules and vacation time.
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