Oct. 31, 2022

46. Layoffs...An Easy Fix or a Cop Out

46. Layoffs...An Easy Fix or a Cop Out

Layoffs continue to be front and center, thanks primarily to the shadow of a potential recession.

Layoffs can often seem appealing for companies looking to reorganize or cut costs. However, without careful consideration, layoffs may do more harm than good. 

There is evidence that a lack of leadership during periods of reorganization can increase employee dissatisfaction and turnover in the long run.

Layoffs rarely achieve their intended outcome. While companies may save some money upfront due to lower wages and benefits costs, this benefit is often negated by hiring and training new employees, not to mention the loss of institutional knowledge when experienced workers are let go. 

Ultimately, while layoffs may appear to be an easy fix in the short term, they often bring unintended consequences that ultimately hurt companies more than they help. 

As such, leaders must think carefully before taking such drastic steps as workforce reductions, instead focusing on alternative measures that minimize disruption while still addressing organizational needs.

About Dr. Ryan Giffen:


With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Ryan Giffen is an expert in human relations and business culture. His career began in hospitality, leading operations and human resource departments for Fortune 500 companies and the like.


Not long after, Ryan found his passion for teaching and consulting. He earned a Ph.D. in Hospitality Management with a Human Resources focus from Iowa State University and now works as an assistant professor at California State University, Long Beach. For over a decade, he has continued to research and speak on organizational culture, relationship intelligence, and leadership effectiveness. 


Ryan is also the founder of Inospire, a company helping bosses and employees build stronger relationships with one another as well as the host of the Corporate Shadow Podcast.


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