Healing the Downsized Organization: What Every Employee Needs to Know About Today's New Workplace

Healing the Downsized Organization: What Every Employee Needs to Know About Today's New Workplace

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 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.

You will learn how these companies and individuals coped with downsizing, including:

         • how "survivors" regained momentum, focus, and job satisfaction after downsizing
         • what kinds of company-employee interactions allowed trust to be rebuilt
         • how managers succeeded in balancing the concerns of those who left and those who stayed
         • ways to be an effective leader in the transitional period
         • approaches to forge a new employer-employee social contract for the emerging workplace

Healing the Downsized Organization is the recovery book for the downsizing of America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780517887127
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/23/1997
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

About 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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