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

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8.7. Learnings and Implications

Today, most layoff survivors are suppressing strong, toxic, and debilitating survivor emotions. Level 2 interventions help them express these feelings and get them out on the table so they can be dealt with. Emotional release and the necessary grieving over the layoffs and a lost way of life are prerequisites to healing. Facilitating the release and the grieving is a key management role.

In order to help others, organizational leaders must first help themselves. They must confront their own survivor feelings and get past their natural repression and shame. They must discover that it is okay to feel bad, that survivor feelings are a natural consequence of old paradigm conditioning carried over to the new reality. ...

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