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

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5.5. Resignation and Numbness

There appeared to be an increase in the sense of resignation and numbness, and one survivor seemed embarrassed to tell outsiders where she worked:

  • "I think that when it first started I felt confident that things would get better. I don't feel that way anymore. I don't think my feelings about the losses have changed. I feel, I think, just as horrible as the day when one person loses their job as I did when ten thousand did, but what made me feel better then was I felt we were going to turn a corner. Things were going to get better. I don't think that I'm a pessimist at all, but I don't see any evidence that we're turning any corner." (administrative employee)

  • "Twenty-five years ago, there was a real sense of group ...

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