LeadershipIQ revealed in a study that after layoffs, productivity decreases, employees make more mistakes, surviving workers are less likely to recommend their organization as a good place to work. Therefore, it is of vital importance that managers prepare a plan to boost the morale of workers after layoffs.
Fremont, CA: Employees who survived a round of layoffs can suffer from survivor’s guilt, dysfunction, anxiety, and even stress because of increased workload. The post-layoff atmosphere in the workplace can become toxic and distrustful.
LeadershipIQ revealed in a study that after layoffs, productivity decreases, employees make more mistakes; surviving workers are less likely to recommend their organization as a good place to work. Therefore, it is of vital importance that managers prepare a plan to boost the morale of workers after layoffs.
Here are 3 Steps to Maintain Employee Morale after Layoffs:
Reassure Surviving Employees
The first thing managers can do is to assure the surviving employees that their jobs are safe. Once the rounds of layoffs are truly over, it becomes essential to spare them the anxiety and insecurity by communicating this to the employees.
Making sure that employees feel valued and appreciated for their efforts is another way managers can reassure them. Employee-of-the-month type of awards, a brief note thanking the workers, or positive mention in team meetings can help build employee recognition.
Because of survivor’s guilt some employees can be uncomfortable to accept promotion after their colleagues lose jobs. Managers can point out the positive side of layoffs that the remaining employees will have more opportunities for career progression.
Be Clear About the "Why"
Transparent communication between managers and employees can help elevate the post-layoff environment. A culture of secrecy can only lead to false rumors and gossips. In many cases, companies will send out emails to employees mentioning why layoffs occurred. Being transparent to the workers by showing them about the company’s financial projections or explaining why specific skillets are not required anymore due to the advancement of technology can help them understand the reasons behind layoffs.
Address the Current Workloads
When the employees realize that they have to absorb their former colleagues’ workloads, they become more stressed. Having a plan before layoffs to avoid inefficient redistribution of tasks can be useful. To save the employees from being overstressed about the extra workload, reassessment and adjustment are needed. One on one conversation about the key projects and temporary employee recruitment can help with the additional tasks. Also, having a clear discussion with employees regarding the changes in their duties, future hiring plans to ease the current workload can settle workers’ confusion and guide them better.