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  1. Lay-offs

  2. Goodyear to close tyre plant in northern France • After five years of unsuccessful labour negotiations, Goodyear executives on Thursday announced a plan to close a tyre plant that employs 1,173 workers in the northern • "Closing the factory is the only option after five years of unsuccessful negotiations," said a French-language statement. • Henry Dumortier, chairman of Goodyear's French unit, said: "We are fully aware of the impact of the announcement we are making today and the plan's heavy consequences for staff, their families and local communities.“ • He added: “Today's announcement was the only option left to us.“ • Tyre production at the plant led to an aggregate loss in 2011 of 61 million Euros.

  3. Reasons for lay-offs Why are employees laid-off? Lack of funds Lack of work Organizational change

  4. Tips for talking to an employee during a lay-off • Speak to the employee in a private place • Get right to the point • Recognize the employee’s contribution to the unit • Briefly explain the reasons for the lay-off • Listen to the employee and wait for a response • Give the employee the lay-off letter • Clarify the separation date • Offer support and an empathetic ear; listen without being defensive • Schedule a later meeting to discuss logistics such as returning keys

  5. Conducting exit interviews What is an exit interview? An exit interview is a survey conducted with an individual who is separating from an organization or relationship. Your Turn! You are a manager conducting an exit interview on an employee. What are some of the questions you would ask the employee?

  6. Support for remaining staff • Clarify roles, responsibilities and work priorities • Set realistic performance expectations • Show appreciation for work effort • Continue and/or initiate workplace celebrations, rituals, etc • Support staff training and career development • Acknowledge trust concerns and continued job anxiety • Acknowledge emotional issues for survivors – guilt, loss • Support needed breaks and vacations

  7. Managing Workplace Reactions to Layoffs Your Turn! You are a manager in a company of 2500 people. Your company has just laid – off 1000 employees. How would you handle the reaction and questions from the remaining employees?