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

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4.5. Depression, Stress, and Fatigue

The themes of depression, stress, and fatigue occurred in all discussion groups, and as the first two quotations show, those in leadership roles shared these feelings:

  • "But I did walk through, talked with a lot of people. . . . My biggest personal reaction to a lot of what went on was the feeling of depression as I would talk to people." (executive)

  • "You see a lot of good people being let go, and that's very demoralizing, to know that an excellent person is being let go. It affects your credibility with your company, and it also affects your productivity." (manager)

  • "I walk around with a knot in my stomach. Honestly, two weeks ago I told my boss I'd either take a week off or I'd quit. I had to get away from ...

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