The pain of job loss is hitting hard and isn’t likely to end soon. Employees who lose jobs face enormous stress; those who keep their jobs often suffer from “survivor sickness” and struggle with the dramatic changes they face.
“One of the most traumatic changes an organization and its people go through is a reorganization paired with layoffs,” says CCL’s Kerry Bunker, author of the new book Responses to Change: Helping People Manage Transition.
In his work with organizations undergoing major transition, including workforce reductions, Bunker has observed four patterns in the way people approach and respond to organizational change. “People react by being entrenched or overwhelmed, becoming posers or learners,” he says. …………….