TORONTO, July 29 /CNW/ - For supervisors, managers and executives, the
hardest announcements are those dealing with layoffs or restructuring. For
many the easiest approach is to fall back on dry logic, sterile printed
statements, or prepared speeches.
With plant closings and downsizing happening in manufacturing plants
across North America, leaders at every level have to learn how to deal with
those who are losing jobs, and find ways to motivate those who aren't. Leaders
have to make employees understand that they are more than an equation on a
Leadership author and consultant Jim Clemmer believes employers can avoid
the crippling effects of post-downsizing blues by following three simple steps
that encourage communication and engagement.
Speak from the heart
Highly effective leaders transfer their energy and passion to the people
they're trying to mobilize with words that paint exciting pictures, ring true,
fire the imagination, or touch the spirit. Like the leader, their words are
charged with energy. Employees need to understand that layoffs were a last
resort after other strategies failed.
Be open and honest
Leading successfully in tough times calls for openness, a willingness to
outline the difficult situations clearly, as well as an ability to express
your own pain. Successful leaders then communicate, communicate and
communicate some more. It's almost impossible to tell people too much about
what's going on and why.
Create a powerful team and organizational vision
Employees need to know that the leadership has a vision that provides an
overarching "big picture" direction, focus, and passion. This comes well ahead
of strategies, budgets, plans, systems, processes, and technological change.
This will help to counterbalance the pain, suffering, and helplessness that
downsizing and layoffs inevitably bring.
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workshops, six best-selling books, columns, and newsletters have helped
hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Jim is a popular columnist and a
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