Massive layoffs can demoralize employees and ravage even the most carefully-built company culture. After a round or two of extensive layoffs, those who are left behind take away the message that it’s time to hunker down, avoid taking risks and sacrifice creativity for the safe road.
Left untended, those attitudes can deal a death blow to an already struggling company. With layoffs becoming more common as traditional notions of lifelong loyalty between a company and its employees are upended, it’s vital to be prepare for the aftermath — and have strategies in place for how to rebuild and improve morale. As a business consultant for organizational leaders and executive teams, David Noer is an expert in working with companies to develop effective recovery plans.
In Healing the Wounds, he shares his most important takeaways about what employers and employees undergoing layoffs need to know in order to move on.