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The best way to lay off employees

concernedman19185284.jpgThe need to lay off employees is a reality that is facing more and more businesses these days. Companies that had never before considered letting their employees go are now being faced with this option as a necessary step towards keeping their business afloat. No business owner hopes to ever find him or herself in the situation where they are responsible for informing an employee that they no longer have a job. While the feelings of the employees who will be laid off are no doubt at the front of your mind, there is also reason to be concerned about how news of layoffs will affect the work of the remaining employees. The remaining employees will likely be concerned about the stability of their own jobs, and this concern or even fear, can seriously and negatively affect your workplace culture. Communication is the key to ensuring that your struggling financial situation and resulting layoffs do not destroy your business.

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Making the tough decisions when down-sizing a department

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Downsizing a department is always hard on managers. You have to decide who to fire and who to keep. Also if you want to switch someone to another department. And then moving on when all the others are gone. And of course everything else.

When deciding who to fire and who to keep the best thing to do is take your time to make sure you're making the best decision for your company and the department. If it's an option switching someone to a different department is always a good idea because it can keep a loyal employee and one that knows the company. Sometimes people think they are good at one thing and are actually better on another project or area of the company. So it works out for everyone in the end.

Management usually gets hit the hardest. The best thing to do is to make sure you don't stress too much and just figure out what you need to do and how to do it the fastest you can. Make a list at the beginning of the day and start with the most important thing on your list and continue on throughout the day. If you don't get everything done, don't worry just add it on to your list for the next day.

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How to Handle Layoffs

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Layoffs are one of the hardest things to deal with as a manager. Layoffs are stressful, not only for the managers deciding who will be let go but the employees who might lose their jobs. The best things to do are to make sure that you take the time to make a decision based on detailed research and take the time to relax and really think about what you are doing and the impact it will have on your company.

Deciding who to let go is probably the hardest part of the whole process. The best way to decide is to rate everyone. You should rate people not only based on skills that they have but also on how long they have been with the company and how they get along with other people.

If an employee doesn't have good skills or isn't good at their job, then of course they should be let go. However other factors are important if someone is competent but they need improvement it might be good to still keep them, as long as they are willing and able to learn. They also have to provide other valuable assets to the company. It just depends on how many people you need to let go and how many people there are that are the obvious choice to be let go.

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