Harvard Business Review discussed ways managers can help retained employees process survivors’ guilt and focus on organization’s purpose

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How to Support Your Remaining Employees After a Layoff

Managing Retained Employees – Harvard Business Review discussed ways managers can help retained employees process survivors' guilt and focus on organization's purpose

Summary:

Harvard Business Review published article offering ways managers can support remaining employees after a mass layoff. Some recommendations are:
  • Acknowledge Feelings and Provide Support – Acknowledge emotions of survivors, and honor contributions of former employees, as well as offer emotional and job search support
  • Be Candid About Reason for Layoffs – Help employees see reasons for decision, explain options considered, and clarify any policies for hiring back if employees were furloughed temporarily
  • Communicate Consistently and Transparently – Be approachable, empathetic, open and address employees’ survivors guilt in discussion sessions with managers
  • Articulate and Connect Work to Purpose – Reorient individuals and organization toward purpose and values, pointing out significance of their work, such as impact on customers, employees and communities
To read article, visit https://hbr.org/2020/05/how-to-support-your-remaining-employees-after-a-layoff
Company: Harvard Business Review (HBR)
Category: People and culture

Original publication date: May 29, 2020

Date last updated: June 5, 2020