What You Can Do to Prevent Layoffs

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Are layoffs just a fact of life? Or are they avoidable? Sure, few managers have a say in whether their company will lay off employees, but there are some things you can do to reduce the likelihood:


Watch out for complexity. Organizations have a tendency to grow, adding unnecessary layers, positions, and locations. Whenever possible, advocate for keeping things structurally simple.
Phase out products and services. Outdated products and services can eat up costs and require expensive infrastructure. Eliminate the ones that have outlived their value.
Concentrate on the future. Focusing on short-term revenues can build up costs (and people) that provide results today but cannot be sustained in the long-term. Don’t just invest in current operations.

Adapted from “You Can Prevent Layoffs” by Ron Ashkenas.

4 comments
PlayYourDay
PlayYourDay

Future focus might be life saving in organisations, they are way too competitive these days. Focus on yourself and on your personal growth @www.playyourday.com

RCSportsCards
RCSportsCards

@TIME @TIMEBusiness we tried to prevent layoffs Nov 6 but we didn't win. The left & media won

furryhan3d
furryhan3d

@TIME @timebusiness Keep moving in different departments within the company maybe?