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Survivor Syndrome

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Exploration of the emotions and behaviors of employees who have survived a lay-off.

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Survivor Syndrome

  1. 1. Survivor Syndrome Victoria Wors, President Wors Consulting LLC Wors Consulting, LLC All Rights Reserved 2009
  2. 2. Symptoms of “Survivor Syndrome” <ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fear of the unknown </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Insecure about job </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mistrust of management </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Uncertain of skills & abilities </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of loyalty </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>High stress levels </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Low esteem </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dependent on the organization </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>Wors Consulting, LLC All Rights Reserved 2009
  3. 3. Behaviors of “Survivor Syndrome” <ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Narrow-minded </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Aversion to risk </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Low productivity </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Depressed </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Low morale </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Loss of pride in organization </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Increased resistance to change </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Possible acts of sabotage, i.e. Identity theft, down equipment, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>Wors Consulting LLC All Rights Reserved 2009
  4. 4. Two Sides of a Reduction in Force <ul><li>Reduced </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of income and benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of identity </li></ul><ul><li>Grief </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to seek more rewarding work </li></ul><ul><li>State grants for learning new skills </li></ul><ul><li>Employers prefer to hire those currently employed </li></ul><ul><li>Retained </li></ul><ul><li>Additional work at same pay </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of security </li></ul><ul><li>Grief </li></ul><ul><li>“ risk averse” and “self absorbed” </li></ul><ul><li>Company cuts out training dollars </li></ul><ul><li>Employers prefer to hire those currently employed </li></ul>Wors Consulting, LLC All Rights Reserved 2009
  5. 5. Actions to Minimize the Affects “Survivor Syndrome” <ul><li>Utilize the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for grief counseling </li></ul><ul><li>From the executive suite through first line managers communicate openly and often with retained employees </li></ul><ul><li>Insure “outplacement” activities are transparent minimizing perceptions of callous actions to those terminated </li></ul>Wors Consulting, LLC All Rights Reserved 2009
  6. 6. Future of Employment Relationships <ul><li>As employment opportunities increase turnover of retained employees also increases </li></ul><ul><li>Increase in the utilization of “contract” employees </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Independent Contractors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leased Employees (PEO and Shared Employee arrangements) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Increase in “virtual” office </li></ul><ul><li>Decrease in “full time” employees with benefits </li></ul>Wors Consulting, LLC All Rights Reserved 2009
  7. 7. Parting Words… Honesty is the best policy in most business situations; when dealing with survivors of downsizing it is EVERYTHING…
  8. 8. WORS CONSULTING, LLC <ul><li>Victoria Wors, SPHR </li></ul><ul><li>Specializing in Organizational Development, Labor Relations and Corporate Risk </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>QUESTIONS? Wors Consulting, LLC All Rights Reserved 2009

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