The Psychological Impact of Layoffs

Monday, November 30th, 2009

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In this video interview, Ann Feyerherm, PhD, Professor of Organization and Management and Chair of the Applied Behavior Science and Organization Theory and Management Department, explores the psychological impact of losing a job and effective methods for bouncing back.

Questions for Dr. Feyerherm:

  1. What are the psychological and social impacts of losing a job?
  2. What is the survivor syndrome?
  3. What are the steps you should take before deciding to cut your workforce?
  4. What are the top 5 things managers/ business owners need to consider when making layoffs?
  5. What are some common mistakes managers/ business owners make when downsizing?

Related in the GBR

Downsizing with Dignity by Ann E. Feyerherm, PhD

The Strategic Downside of Downsizing by Seymour Siegel, PhD

Suddenly Unemployed? Handling Career Interruptions in An Era of Downsizing. by Wayne L Strom, PhD

The Human Realities of Corporate Downsizing by Wayne L Strom, PhD

Topic: America's Financial Crisis, Change Management, Communication, Engagement, Management, Org Behavior, Videos
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Deborah Cole, Psy.D.

December 6, 2009 at 8:37 AM

Excellent overview. This makes me proud to be a Pepperdine (Psychology Psy.D.) graduate. I want to stress that depression and even suicide often result from unemployment, if the person doesn’t get back into social networks as well employment, a daily structure, and meaningful social roles.

Sally Gearhart

December 7, 2009 at 1:08 PM

I found this so increasingly maddening as I was prepared to get some “meat” or even recognition of how bad being extendedly unemployed is.
It was like watching Kathy Lee on the today show and a let’s make lemonade approach rather than acknowledging how people really feel as time goes on without a job.
I found myself wanting both of these women to lose their jobs and then realize what they should have considered rather than the vanilla banter and even giggling about layoff parties.
Sorry, but you get a “D” for being out of it.