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

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7.6. Tell the Truth, and Never Say Never

George was a general manager for a semiautonomous research and development division of a large West Coast-based corporation. Many of his division's engineers and technicians were in their mid-forties. They had been with the division for a long time, many since college, and like their organization, they were slightly out of date. Most of them were now in administrative or quasi-management roles.

All the hooks of the old employment contract were operational. The organization was the primary social outlet for many employees through a network of company-sponsored recreational activities such as softball, golf, and bowling leagues; social activities such as dinner dances and trips; and a number of special-interest ...

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