A Kinder, Gentler, and Better Way to Downsize

Nick Yacabucci

When an organization decides, for whatever reason, that it has to cut its workforce, the standard practice is to bring in an outplacement firm to help with the painful and legally hazardous task of moving people out. Once people are notified that they will be leaving the organization, a representative of the outplacement firm is available to help them understand the situation. After the employees depart, they can use the outplacement firm for assistance in putting together résumés and resources and, for a limited time, looking for another job.

The other challenges that organizations face during these difficult transitions—such as redefining job positions and deciding who will fill them—are ...

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