Seeing the Individual
Leaders in any organization, whether in the public sector or the private sector, need to recognize there is no painless way of laying off people in tough economic times. When the economy is going well and an organization has to restructure to meet strategic goals, the situation is easier because the prospects of finding another job are reasonable and this reduces the anxiety of those affected. However, in a period like the one we are facing now, the harsh impact of the layoff is magnified by the bleak near term employment options.
In this difficult situation the organization leader is not powerless. Counseling of various types can be provided. Job forums in conjunction with government and non-government organizations can be held to provide the best information possible to those who are losing their jobs. Creating a climate that conveys the feeling that the organization is responding to an individual person in pain and not to a faceless non-entity is a positive step which, in the long run, is likely to benefit the employer and the employee. The worst thing that can be done is to suggest in any way to person who has lost a job that the person has lost his or her value as a contributing human being.
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