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Staff Reductions (Part 3): What Happens When The Ship Is Righted?

In this final installment of our Reduction in Force (“RIF”) articles, we focus on what happens afterwards.  One of the first items to deal with is managing the inevitable fall-out from the RIF. No matter how well planned or how economically justifiable, a RIF will emotionally jar remaining employees.  According to a recent study in the Academy of Management Journal, even modest downsizings in a company trigger an upturn in job seeking efforts by sometimes the most valued employees. Employees who survive a RIF must be assured that the reduction was undertaken to secure key job posts and stabilize business.

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