Anyone who has ever lived through a layoff -- or even a near layoff -- knows the experience is generally a demoralizing one.
Leon Grunberg, a professor at the University of Puget Sound interviewed by IT Business Edge's Susan Hall for a story about the impact of layoffs on remaining employees, summed it up pretty well:
There's a huge increase in insecurity and that uncertainty is very destabilizing.
So it's not surprising to see a Harris Interactive survey that pretty much confirms it. According to the survey, which was commissioned by The Workforce Institute, 66 percent of respondents said morale has suffered and people are less motivated in the wake of layoffs at their workplace. Susan cited some similar numbers from training and leadership company Leadership IQ in her story. Seventy-five percent of workers said their own productivity had declined following layoffs, and 64 percent said coworkers' productivity had dropped.
Companies coping with layoffs can reduce stress in remaining workers -- and hopefully help maintain their productivity -- by communicating with them, said Jason Zickerman, CEO and president of business coaching service The Alternative Board, another of Susan's sources. He said:
Let [surviving workers] know that they're here because you believe they can work together to get the company through these very challenging times. You've got to show them your appreciation. Help them prioritize their work. Let them know why they are there and let them know how they can help.
The folks surveyed by Harris Interactive offered other suggestions: