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

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Chapter 4. Speaking for Themselves: Layoff Survivor Stories

"There is a sense that you have done something wrong if you get laid off. I don't think anyone escapes that. Even if, in their rational minds, they say, 'I was good, it just happened to be the job I was in,' there's something down deep that says, 'You weren't good enough, there's something wrong, you pissed somebody off, you didn't play the game.'"

With a few exceptions, most of the research on the effects of layoffs on survivors is limited by its laboratory orientation. Although valuable, it has not captured the gut-wrenching trauma or plumbed the true emotional depth of layoff survivor ...

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