27th May 2010
If are one of the many Companies that have had to downsize and re-assign work to remaining
employees – you may well be suffering from “survivor syndrome”.
This is when after significant re-organisation employees who remain with the Company become
disgruntled due to any number of scenarios, for example:-
Guilt – feelings of loss and sadness for colleagues
and friends that have lost their job in the Business.
Resentful – about the way in which the restructuring
was handled and communicated.
Angry – about the additional workload and
responsibilities that they now have to do.
No Loyalty – they no longer “care” about the Company
and are just biding their time until an opportunity arises to exit the business.
All of these negative emotions can have a detrimental effect on
the business however there are corrective actions that you can take to turn the situation around
and get your employees re-motivated and re-energised.
♦ Acknowledge the situation, invite employees to
voice their opinions,concerns.
♦Clarify the current health of the business and
explain how the changes that were made have helped even if they were painful.
♦Ask employees for suggestions as to how things could
be improved – teach your employees about LEAN – removing waste from the Business and adding
♦Organise teams or groups to evaluate suggestions
that have been made & implement improvements.
♦Re-define and re-design people’s
roles to reflect the new ways of working.
♦Acknowledge the input and contribution of
♦Put measures and tracking systems in place to
illustrate progress and improvements.
By identifying ways to streamline your business & simplify your systems you
remove unnecessary waste and these are often tasks and activities that have been frustrating
your employees for years. Employees get a greater sense of job satisfaction from having inputted
into the improvements and can see the contribution they make to the business.
Tonic 4 Business can support with Change Programmes in your organisation,
through business improvement, job design and employee engagement, if you would like to find out
more please contact:- email@example.com.