Keeping Morale Up during Down Times

The effect of a layoff on the surviving company’s staff can hobble a company for months: low morale, loss of trust and higher stress as fewer people handle more work, not to mention the loss of intellectual property and years of experience.

One of the few low points in my own corporate career occurred after a layoff when a manager assured those of us who remained that we were “the best of the best.” I suppose he intended to compliment us, but his comment felt like a slur against our friends and coworkers who had just lost their jobs.

Employees who are adjusting to a layoff may need time to mourn the loss of colleagues; training to take on different tasks; a re-evaluation of goals, expectations and timelines; and one-on-one time to honestly talk through the effects of the change.

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