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

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4.11. Wanting It to Be Over

There was a widespread desire to get on with the downsizing, to get it over. Employees felt fatigued and drained by the continuing reductions. Some felt misled by what they perceived as unfilled promises that the layoffs would end:

  • "When you get wave after wave and the statement, 'Just around the corner, just around the corner, we're almost there, things are looking up, things are looking up,' wave after wave after wave, it just emotionally drains you." (executive)

  • "This thing is dragging out too long, and that's what the problem is. We're hearing it from this one, we're hearing it from that one, we're hearing it over there. If everything was done all at one time, at least within a three- or four-month period, but ...

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