By: Jay Mittelman
Consider these four suggestions to ease your employees’ minds:
Next, hold an all-staff meeting so the faces of your company — owners, managers, HR staff — can use their voices (rather than words on a page or computer screen) to discuss the changes. Include a Q&A session so the remaining employees can ask questions and air their concerns.
Supervisors shouldn’t editorialize on the reasons for the staff cuts or speculate on future layoffs. Instead, they should clearly express to each worker exactly how his or her job will change, including specifics about additional duties or projects.
Finally, be sure that management and the HR staff stay accessible and responsive. Employees likely will have additional concerns — and may need an occasional pep talk. Keep everybody engaged and productive. Staying positive and consistent in your message will do a lot to help steady the nerves of remaining employees.