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The Human Side of Downsizing

It is easy to get caught up in the numbers when creating a downsizing plan. However, you need to keep in mind at all times that people’s lives are being directly affected. This may not change what you have to do, but it might change how you do it.

The way you treat your employees during this painful process is important for a number of reasons: First, it says a great deal about how the organization really feels about its employees. Most people understand why the downsizing is necessary; the logic of the decision they can accept. However, they will be much less likely to accept insensitive or uncaring actions taken in the process of downsizing. Second, how an employee is treated during a downsizing initiative ...

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