The Leaner Organization: Downsizing

  1. 4 Describe the effects of downsizing on organizational structures and employees.

The goal of some organizational structures we’ve described is to improve agility by creating a lean, focused, and flexible organization. Downsizing is a systematic effort to make an organization leaner by closing locations, reducing staff, or selling off business units that don’t add value. Downsizing doesn’t necessarily mean physically shrinking the size of your office, although that’s been happening, too (see OB Poll).

A bar graph presents the incredible shrinking office

OB Poll The Incredible Shrinking Office

Source: Based on February 28, 2012, press release “Office Space per ...

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