Preparing Managers for Layoff Communication: Practical Strategies for Notifications and Beyond
Duration: 60 Minutes
A reduction in workforce is definitely not a situation that any manager, business owner or HR professional wants to have to deal with, but sometimes these situations become an unfortunate reality. It is critical to ensure that everyone who will be involved in the notification process is properly trained on best practices and what to expect ahead of time.
The way layoff notifications are handled will have a direct impact on the entire organization, including both the people who are directly affected (meaning their positions have been eliminated) and the individuals who will be staying with your organization - the layoff survivors - as the company moves forward.
Handling the notification and post-notification process appropriately is an important key to protecting the organization's brand and image, as well as maintaining good relationships with employees who will continue working with the company moving forward. If your organization is facing a layoff, the leadership team and supervisors who will be involved in notifying employees must be properly trained regarding best practices for what is sure to be a stressful and difficult time for everyone involved.
Supervisors, HR professionals and others who will be involved in notifying affected workers must be trained on how these types of conversations should be structured and also know how to apply what they learned in training. They and the other members of your leadership team must also be trained on what to expect in terms of the impact that downsizing will have on layoff survivors so they'll know what to expect and be able to communicate and lead effectively following notification.
Objectives of the Presentation
Why Should you Attend
- Keys to effective leadership leading up to, during and following layoff notifications
- Critical elements of effective, respectful layoff notification conversations, including timing, content and delivery
- Example 'best practice' notification conversation
- What to expect in terms of responses, questions and reactions from affected workers
- Managerial considerations regarding layoff survivor emotions, morale, productivity and team structure
- Taking care of yourself during what is sure to be a turbulent time in the organization
Ensuring that layoff notifications and post-notification communication are handled properly is the best way to keep a difficult situation from being worse than it has to be for everyone involved as well as the overall organization as a while.
Who will Benefit
- HR Professionals
- Employee relations professionals
- Talent management professionals
- Learning & development professionals
- Risk management professionals
- Compliance professionals