In today’s economy, smaller work forces are the reality, though reducing staff is typically the last resort, says Sheryl Kovach, president and CEO of Kandor Group, a human resources consulting firm in Houston. Cutting costs in other areas, such as overtime pay, salary, benefits plans, and other types of capital or equipment expenses, is usually the first course of action.
But sometimes a reduced work force can’t be avoided, especially in a poor economy.
“During a group meeting, you’re sending the message all at the same time, so somebody doesn’t have to hear it from somebody else,” Miller-Merrell says. “With social media, text messaging and electronic communication, you can sit in someone’s office and give them the news individually that they’re being laid off, and the first thing they do when they leave the office is send out a tweet or Facebook message.”
The effects of work force reduction