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Healing the Wounds: Overcoming the Trauma of Layoffs and Revitalizing Downsized Organizations by David M. Noer

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1.6. Definitions

Layoff survivor sickness and the organizational realities that accompany this sickness are a relatively new topic in management writings, and some of the terminology is also new. These are the definitions of the terms I use to help people understand layoff survivor sickness and the need for new leadership strategies:

  • Layoff. The term layoff is used generically to refer to all involuntary employee reductions for causes other than performance. Layoff in this sense does not imply that the employee may be recalled when business improves. Other common terms that convey the same meaning are reduction-in-force and termination. I do not use firing because it implies poor performance.

  • Layoff survivor sickness. Layoff survivor sickness ...

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