Leading Through Downsizing: Layoff Notification and Survivor Communication Best Practices

Bob Mckenzie

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Learn how to effectively and appropriately structure layoff notification conversations and communicate and lead effectively through a reduction in workforce and beyond.

Why Should You Attend:

A reduction in workforce (RIF) is definitely not something that any manager, business owner, or HR professional wants to have to face, but the fact is that such situations do sometimes occur.

The manner in which layoff notifications are handled will have a direct impact on the entire organization, including both the people who learn that their positions no longer exist and the individuals who will be staying with your organization – the layoff survivors – as the company moves forward. This is why it’s critical to provide training for everyone who will be involved in the notification process.

Executives, managers, 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, as well as best practices for communicating with affected workers effectively in this difficult situation.

They - and the other members of your leadership team – must also be trained on what to expect following notifications. They need to be prepared for the impact downsizing will have on layoff survivors so they’ll know what to expect and be able to communicate and lead effectively in this situation – both immediately following RIF notifications and beyond.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will learn:

  • how to effectively and appropriately structure layoff notification conversations.
  • how a reduction in workforce will impact worker who are staying with the company (the layoff survivors)
  • how to communicate and lead effectively through a reduction in workforce and beyond

Areas Covered in the Webinar:

  • Keys to effective leadership leading up to, during and following layoff notifications
  • Timing, content and delivery considerations for effective and respectful layoff notification conversations
  • 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

Who Will Benefit:

  • HR professionals
  • Talent management professionals
  • Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Outplacement professionals
  • Risk management professionals
  • Organizational Development (OD) professionals
  • Business owners
  • Executives
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Speaker: Bob Mckenzie,

Bob McKenzie has over 35 years of human resources management experience. His background includes a wide range of hands-on HR practices in a variety of industries and all areas of human resource management. He started McKenzieHR, a human resources management firm in Jacksonville, Florida in 2002. Bob has been cited in a number of Human Resources trade publications. Among them are HR.com, HR Magazine, HR Florida Review, The Jacksonville Business Journal, Vault.com, BNA and the Institute of Management and Administration. He has been a speaker at a number of conferences as well as national audio and web-based seminars. He has been the keynote speaker and a guest speaker at a number of conferences and business meetings. One of his major talents is teaching HR professionals about their field. He has been facilitating a class for 12 year preparing Human Resources professionals to take and pass the HR certification exam. He is proud to say that has an 80% pass rate for first time test takers, well above the national average of 52%. Bob is a graduate of Rider University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Commerce Degree and double majored in Industrial Relations and Organizational Behavior. He is actively involved in the Small Business Resource Network and has served on the Board of Directors of a number of non-profit organizations.


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