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

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4.12. Dissatisfaction with Planning and Communication

The planning, administration, and communication of layoffs was a topic of widespread discussion. Of particular concern among many was the need for longer notice and a more open flow of information:

  • "We could have given them a little bit more warning, been up front with them and told them, 'Hey, the end of the year, you're going to have to go,' in time for them to go out and find a job. We didn't do that. That made it even a little more strenuous on me. There's a lot of mistrust right now. That's going to be tough to overcome." (manager)

  • "All of a sudden somebody hands you a slip of paper, they have you into HR, in with your boss, and say, 'We don't need you anymore.' That's rough." (manager) ...

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