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

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4.19. Learnings and Implications

In this chapter, I intended readers to feel the anger, fear, and anxiety of layoff survivors, to be flooded with the depth and intensity of survivor feelings. The organization I studied was not unusual. These survivors are mirrors of other layoff survivors, and most readers will find some themes that are all too familiar for themselves and their organizations. A large number of organizations seem to be populated by people who share these symptoms. The organization studied here was, in fact, in better shape than many others since its management recognized the seriousness of the problem. There are methodological issues (sample bias, group dynamics, and content analysis error) that affect the results of this type ...

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