Companies of all sizes are experiencing one of the most unsettling events in modern corporate life, -- a time of change and uncertainty due to workforce restructuring and headcount reductions.
Downsizing and reorganizations are very personal and emotional experiences for people caught up in these events. Management often believes that those who are not dismissed will feel relieved, even grateful that they kept their jobs. This is true in many cases, where the cuts are few and deemed to be justified.
Then again, the "remaining staff" is requested to take on added roles and responsibilities. Regular work activities now are changing and the momentum that comes from routine activities is no longer in effect.
People often feel a sense of loss with friends leaving and positions eliminated. During times of change, individuals question how comfortable and secure they feel within a company.
Many organizations invest their efforts in helping downsized employees successfully move on. To really experience the benefits for which they are downsizing, companies also invest in the people who continue with the firm.
Where does coaching come into the equation? Are there employees struggling in new stretch jobs or those overwhelmed with additional work? Is there a loss of productivity or morale as a fall-out to the downsizing? Do people need to focus on career transition? Coaches help to re-engage the impacted workforce, whether individuals are terminating or continuing their employment with the company.