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Hosp Mater Manage Q. 1998 Aug;20(1):13-22.

Facing the staff after a reduction in work force.

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  • 1University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA.


The literature is relatively silent on how managers should deal with a reduction in force (RIF). One difficulty is dealing with the "surviving" staff and maintaining credibility. It is important to assess the organizational climate and plan and carry out a forum for the remaining staff. It is especially important to consider the psychologic effects of staff reduction, which include a sense of loss of control, hostility, and a tendency to want to find fault or blame. Lack of attention to these matters can lead to a RIF that compromises the work effectiveness of the organization by reducing the dedication of surviving members of the organization.

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