Category Archives: Reduce the Impact of Layoffs

When times are tough, it can be difficult to thrive when others are being laid off. You may be wondering if you’re next. The following articles address the challenges employers and employees face when times are tough. Joel Garfinkle, who counsels corporations on ways to develop effective leaders, offers advice on how you can reduce the impact of layoffs in the following articles.

Tips to Reduce Your Chances of Being Laid Off

Stephen Viscusi, author of the book “Bulletproof Your Job: Four Strategies to Ride Out the Tough Times and Come Out on Top at Work”, says the key to staying employed is:

Be visible, even if it means giving up telecommuting. Be easy, even if it means negotiating a reduced salary. Be useful, even if it means volunteering for assignments no one else wants. Be ready to jump ship if opportunities outside your company become available.

Here are five other ways to improve your chances of staying employed:

Constantly demonstrate your value to your company. Look for opportunities to showcase your talents and special skills. Focus your work on high priority assignments that have the greatest impact on your company’s bottom line. Promote your accomplishments. Don’t assume your boss (or other execs) recognize your contributions. Regularly update your supervisor on your progress. Whenever possible, include financial impacts, such as increased sales … Continue reading Tips to Reduce Your Chances of Being Laid Off

7 Ways to Keep Employees Motivated During Layoffs

What’s the difference between a recession and a depression? A recession is when your neighbor loses his job. A depression is when you lose yours.

That old joke doesn’t get many laughs, especially in today’s troubling economic climate. Layoffs can be traumatic, not only for those who leave the payroll, but for the so-called “survivors” who often find themselves not only picking up the pieces, but also the additional work of their departed coworkers.

It can be tough to keep yourself and those around you motivated during this difficult period. But here are some tips that might help.

7 Ways to Keep Employees Motivated During Layoffs

Tell the truth. Be honest with your employees. The more honest you are, the more they will feel supported and less fearful. Many will fear the worst and if you share an honest picture about what’s going on, the worst … Continue reading 7 Ways to Keep Employees Motivated During Layoffs

Layoffs and Downsizing: How to Help Surviving Employees

With the wake of layoffs and downsizing, it’s becoming more and more difficult for the surviving employees. They are turning into refugees, mourning lost colleagues as they wait themselves for the final curtain to close on this chapter in their working career. One client recently told me, “I’ve been struggling a lot these days in the aftermath of recent deep layoffs. Even though I’m still here collecting a pretty amazing salary, I can’t help but feel alone without the friendship and support of my closest peers.”

So how can you thrive when others are being laid off? When downsizing occurs at your company, what can you do?

I remember when we had one of the worst fires in Northern California and an entire neighborhood was completely demolished with only one house left standing. Did the owners of that house find themselves lucky to live in area without neighbors for many … Continue reading Layoffs and Downsizing: How to Help Surviving Employees