Act now to prevent survivor syndrome

Wood, Robin
February 2009
People Management;2/12/2009, Vol. 15 Issue 4, p16
In this article the author emphasizes the importance of raising the performance of the survivors of redundancies and other cost-reduction measures by companies. Four clearly defined stages are caused by the so-called survivors' syndrome, including relief, guilt, envy and resentment. It is suggested that employers provide survivors with just as much attention and support as those leaving the company.


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