Healing the Downsized Organization

Healing the Downsized Organization

by Delorese Ambrose
     
 

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Healing the Downsized Organization is for managers and employees who must make sense of dramatically changed workplaces after reengineering, restructuring, or downsizing. Here are "best practices" from those who are successfully reinventing their organizations and re-creating healthy workplaces. Documented examples from executives, managers, and employees who have

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Healing the Downsized Organization is for managers and employees who must make sense of dramatically changed workplaces after reengineering, restructuring, or downsizing. Here are "best practices" from those who are successfully reinventing their organizations and re-creating healthy workplaces. Documented examples from executives, managers, and employees who have bounced back from this challenge reveal how they minimized pain during downsizing and discovered promising possibilities for changed employer-employee relationships.

Dramatic profiles of four organizations--representing manufacturing, media journalism, education, and health care--provide lessons you can practice today, whether downsizing is unfolding now or whether it looms in the future. From interviews with CEOs, managers, and employees, you will understand how individuals at all levels have handled the tension between personal and organizational goals, managed the human struggles, and achieved victories as they cut costs and redeployed resources to face competition or changing market conditions.

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Library Journal
Ambrose's (management, Carnegie-Mellon Univ.) first assumption in this work is that employees who are laid off are better off. If readers can get past that, they may find some value in the book. Even though Ambrose states that only a third of organizations actually benefit from downsizing (indeed, 60 percent of the companies rehire to fill vacant positions), she does not raise the issue of opposing the action. Instead, she concentrates on relieving the side effects of the layoff, which include despair, anger, depression, and insecurity. Ambrose offers descriptions of representative organizations and a summary of lessons for the employer on downsizing, e.g., allow grieving; involve employees in decisions that affect them; when possible, retrain and retain employees; and continue two-way communication. Yet while employees are expected to learn specific skills that may not be transferable to another employer and to be loyal to the company, the company still cannot offer job security. For a franker look at downsizing, read Michael Moore's Downsize This! (LJ 5/15/96). For public libraries.-Peggy D. Odom, Texas Lib. Assn., Waco

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780517267592
Publisher:
Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/30/1996
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
264

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Kenneth Blanchard

"Healing the Downsized Organization" is a book written just in the nick of time. In a caring and effective way, Delorese Ambrose teaches people how to bounce back triumphantly from downsizing."

Meet the Author

DELORESE AMBROSE, ED.D., author of Leadership: The Journey Inward, has fifteen years of experience consulting with business, government, and social services organizations as they transformed themselves through downsizing, restructuring, and other means. She is the owner of Ambrose Consulting & Training, a Pittsburgh-based management consulting firm that lists AT&T, Westinghouse, and many others as clients. She is adjunct professor of management at Carnegie-Mellon University and is much in demand as a speaker.

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