Leadership Coaching: Team Management During Layoffs

The daily newspaper habit sometimes brings a cup of dismay. Coffee to foil for is always welcome (and indispensable) but not the almost regular news of company layoffs. Retrenchment is quite hard on people, especially those who got laid off, but being retained isn’t that easy, either. Employees who remain in their job have to do more work because there’s fewer of them left in the office, along with the lingering fear that they, too, might lose their jobs. Worse is the pervading concern that the company might altogether close.
People Management During Layoffs
As a manager, you ought to learn survival skills amid the economic downturn. The basic rule is streamline and simplify- give meticulous attention to what’s important. These may be tough times for the company, but be positive and realistic. With your post as manager, you can help your team survive by doing the following:

Exert your leadership. Being manager, you have more influence to rally your group. Let them know what really is important. It’s a clich?�, but there’s that one crucial word over and again: motivation. Help your team members understand how their role takes on with the overall goals of the company.
Look for ways to cut the workload. There isn’t as ample bandwidth than it used to be, so don’t do things that are not required.
Coordinate. Bring into line your department’s streamlined system and see if it keeps its synchronicity of functions with other departments. Provide everything your staff and other departments need so they can keep on doing their jobs. Do vise versa. Check how everything goes with other departments and if they are in step and accommodating of your department’s functions.
Help your team cope. It’s a challenging climate that everybody has to deal with. Each of your team members, as individuals, need to cope. Honestly answer whatever questions they may have. Some might need to vent or talk with you personally. Be sympathetic while moving the conversation forward as quickly as you can.
Be reasonable with your standards. Cut your team some slack. Keep up with quality standards, but don’t be too harsh on your people.
Be a leader, but take care of yourself. Do your best to help the company survive, but you don’t have to be a superhero. Contribute your efforts in keeping the company moving and progressing, but don’t kill yourself in the process, even as you aim to advance your career.

Eventually, the recession will end as the business cycle turns around. However, as you pulled your team through the fiscal crisis, you’ve also established a solid team to uproot and get going to the next level.

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