Q & A – April 8, 2014

AttendanceQ. What are some of the issues to think about when planning a reduction in force?

A. Depending on their size and severity, reductions in force (RIF) can have far-reaching effects and put organizations at considerable risk. RIFs often force them to accomplish their business with fewer employees and resources, modified systems and work processes and unclear direction.

In addition, most management training and experience are focused on solving problems in a growing or stable environment, not a shrinking business. The environment is emotionally charged with sadness for those employees who will leave. It is impacted by guilt from the survivors, as well as uncertainty from those who do not know their status. Therefore, to succeed in making it through a RIF experience, organizations must minimize risks by developing a thorough and thoughtful plan.