How to Maintain Morale After Layoffs

After payroll reductions, the climate within the company darkens like a room with fewer light bulbs.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

It is not easy to lead after taking steps to reduce personnel. In these hard times of crisis, it is very likely that we will be faced with this situation.

In her Coaching and Innovation blog in, Margaret Grigsby discussed the issue and gave some guidelines for overcoming the bitter taste left by the layoffs: "It's very ugly. You feel awful after taking such actions, but that must be left outside the workplace. You cannot walk through the hallways regretting that you had to do this or that. After all, that's part of your responsibilities and so is giving support to others.”

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We can be better leaders if we understand that unconsciously, as humans we will always seek to increase our status in society.

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