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.