Employers warned about 'survivor syndrome'

by Christopher Evans

Organisations have been advised to focus on correct redundancy procedures when making people redundant.

The Institute for Employment Studies said that companies should look out for "survivor syndrome", which it described as a feeling of guilt experienced by those members of staff who have escaped a round of job cuts.

Peter Reilly, director of HR research and consultancy at the thinktank, noted that the way in which job losses are managed affects the outcome of the process.

"How you select people for redundancy, how you manage that process – all of that – is vital in giving yourself a chance that people stay productive," he added.

"You need to give attention to the fact that people who are going to remain are going to feel ill at ease about that fact, because they'll have lost friends and all the rest of it."

Research from the Forum of Private Businesses shows that workforce disputes and redundancies are major causes of concern for small business owners.

  • Employment News from Lawpack: Solicitor-approved Redundancy Procedure template with expert guidance on how to complete the legal form

Published on: November 22, 2010

Did you like this article? Share it!