The Levinson Institute Offers Managerial Tips on How to Deal with Layoffs

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Layoffs are commonplace at almost every organization today and yet so few managers and executives know how to effectively lead after the layoffs, with disastrous results. The Levinson Institute offers up tried-and-tested advice for every manager to help their staff adapt to constant change.

You may not like these changes, but you must work and act constructively to support them.

Poor leadership is having a profound effect on the nation's businesses which are caught in the market meltdown. Employees laid off feel badly, but those who remain sometimes feel even worse. Managers need to step up and manage the change in order for their organizations to survive and succeed during the deepening recession.

"Managers are gripped with a real sense of fear right now," says David Jackson, COO of the Levinson Institute. "their inaction, indecision and insecurities are leading to a meltdown in leadership, leaving organizations floundering. Managers aren't expected to have all the answers, but they are expected to help their staff adapt to changing conditions."

From years of experience in helping organizations deal with change, restructuring and layoffs, Jackson suggests managers:
1. Communicate. Provide information so that people will understand that the change was unavoidable.
2. Explain. Provide clarification about the implications of the change in order to encourage and again engender trust.
3. Walk the talk. Personally demonstrate new behaviors and commitment following the change.
4. Get buy-in. Actively seek input and advice. People will genuinely commit and support the change when they are given opportunities to participate.
5. Set limits. Allow time to grieve over the change, but encourage appropriate behavior and mutual respect.

Jackson reminds managers that their mantra ought to be "You may not like these changes, but you must work and act constructively to support them." He cautions, "Empathize, but be careful not to be overly sympathetic, you don't want to dwell in the past."

David Jackson is chief operating officer of The Levinson Institute. Mr. Jackson's career has focused on enhancing leadership effectiveness: as an executive within organizations, as a teacher of leadership, and since the 1990s, as a consultant to executives about leadership systems and managing change.

The Levinson Institute has enhanced its personal leadership development seminar to better equip today's managers with the skills to help their staff adapt to constant change.

Since 1968, The Levinson Institute has provided leadership seminars and consulting services to industry and government on leadership and organizational development.


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