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

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5.1. Stress, Fatigue, Extra Workload, Decreased Motivation, Sadness, and Depression

The symptoms of stress, fatigue, decreased motivation, sadness, and depression, combined with an extra workload, persisted over the five-year time frame. The sense of resignation, fatigue, and depression seemed heavier and more pronounced than in the past:

  • "I didn't realize that I was probably suffering from some form of depression, but it was going on, and on, and on. I mean day after day, feeling the same way." (administrative employee)

  • "Everything is negative, and when you do good things, it's not recognized; whether it's the media, whether it's your manager, everything is always, in my opinion, on the down. So when you come to work, you are on the down." (professional/technical ...

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