When a company has to cut staff, it often faces new challenges to keep the rest of the organization running smoothly. Here are some ways to minimize the damage.
Post-layoff problems are widespread, according to a recent Leadership IQ survey of employees left behind after a reduction-in-force. The survey’s results:
- 87% of those employees are now less likely to recommend working at their company
- 77% say their co-workers now make more mistakes, and
- 64% say their own productivity has declined.
How can companies get those employees back on track? The key is strong communication during the entire process, says Leadership IQ. The firm recommends:
- Don’t delay informing employees about the bad news. If employees learn through rumors rather than official channels, it’ll be difficult to regain their trust and commitment.
- Managers should let their staff vent frustrations about the situation.
- Companies should be proactive in helping departments find ways to get their work done with fewer people.