Healing the Wounds: Overcoming the Trauma of Layoffs and Revitalizing Downsized Organizations by David M. Noer, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Healing the Wounds: Overcoming the Trauma of Layoffs and Revitalizing Downsized Organizations

Healing the Wounds: Overcoming the Trauma of Layoffs and Revitalizing Downsized Organizations

by David M. Noer
     
 

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From the founder of "layoff survivor sickness" an updated edition of a book for today's downsized workforce

Thoroughly revised and updated, David Noer's classic book about downsized organizations has never been more relevant. Reports of the most recent layoffs are making the front pages of our newspapers with frightening regularity. And massive downsizing

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From the founder of "layoff survivor sickness" an updated edition of a book for today's downsized workforce

Thoroughly revised and updated, David Noer's classic book about downsized organizations has never been more relevant. Reports of the most recent layoffs are making the front pages of our newspapers with frightening regularity. And massive downsizing continues to reshape the face of American business. But what about those who remain behind? Healing the Wounds provides an antidote to the widespread malaise on the American business scene left in the wake of workforce reductions. Drawing on case studies and original research, David M. Noer-an expert frequently quoted in major media such as The Wall Street Journal and Fortune on the topic of layoffs and layoff survivor sickness-provides executives, human resource professionals, managers, and consultants with an original model and clear guidelines for revitalizing downsized organizations and the employees left behind.

  • Offers thoroughly revised edition of a book about layoffs and those who are left behind
  • Filled with relevant case studies and recent research
  • Written by David Noer an acclaimed expert on the topic
  • Gives employers much-needed guidance for revitalizing downsized companies

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Recently, as Noer notes, organizations from public to private to nonprofit have ``embarked on a frenzy of layoffs.'' In this outstanding study, a major contribution to business literature, the author maintains that these layoffs have eroded the trust between employees and employers and have created a new managerial paradigm: ``Organizations that once saw people as assets to be nurtured and developed began to view those same people as costs to be cut.'' Noer ( Jobkeeping ) cogently addresses the violation of the old employment covenant of secure, paternalistic rules. Further, he notes, while those who are dismissed are usually offered counseling services, those who remain are left to cope with their anxiety and distress and the dismantled corporation, a process Noer terms ``layoff survivor sickness.'' He also suggests how companies should downsize, stressing the importance of compassion, communication and the acknowledgment of codependency, in which employees derive their self-worth from their role in the organization. (Oct. )
From the Publisher
"An outstanding study, a major contribution to business literature."

"Noer provides a model for handling layoffs and the after effects, and issues a wake-up call for building a new kind of corporate organization."

"David Noer has lived the lives and felt the feelings of America's riffed, downsized, and professionally dispossessed millions.... His book is nothing less than a survival manual for the next twenty years." —Peter Vaill, dean, School of Business and Management, George Washington University

"Meets the challenge of addressing one of the toughest management issues of the 1990s'downsizing.'" —Marilyn Tam, CEO, Aveda Corporation

"Noer convincingly points out that companies that go through layoffs to get lean and mean often wind up sad and angry instead. He offers various strategies for helping those who are sent away, and those who remain, to get on with their lives and remain productive."

"David Noer brings to the major workplace crisis of our time insight, compassion, and tough-mindedness. A survivor's manual for tough times!" —Marvin R. Weisbord, author of Productive Workplaces and Discovering Common Ground

"Much-needed insights on. . . effectively managing downsizings while forging productive relationships with its surviving workers." —Joel Brockner, professor of management, Graduate School of Business, Columbia University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470500156
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/31/2009
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,133,507
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

David M. Noer is vice president for training and education for the Center for Creative Leadership. He has consulted extensively both in the United States and abroad, and he is the author of Multinational People Management (1975), How to Beat the Employment Game (1975), and Jobkeeping (1976).

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