After layoffs it's difficult yet important for managers to maintain high morale and productivity for the remaining. Their collective head is spinning with fear and anxiety that you need to replace with confidence. It's important to:
- Stress the fact that the layoffs were not a reflection of the performance of the staff who were laid off.
- Be open and available assist with reprioritizing and rebalancing workloads among the remaining staff.
- Focus on addressing relevant employee concerns and how the company will move forward.
- Keep the programs and initiatives that serve to align employees and provide a return on investment. Examples include celebrating success and the achievement of milestones at a company and individual level.
Read “On the case: Go team! Pretty please?” for ideas on how to boost employee morale after a series of layoffs.