The extraordinary increases in productivity over the last decade are a testament to the fact that most companies have been pursuing the concept of doing more with less for some time. Some have been successful with true innovation, others through brute force.
With the loss of over 6 million jobs in the last year, however, the already smaller work forces of individual companies are shrinking faster than the actual workload.
Companies have few systematic ways to cope, let alone respond quickly, in this new environment. The problem is compounded by the impact of reductions in force on those who remain. Organizational psychologists call it “layoff survivor syndrome.” Research has shown that productivity among workers who remain actually dips as they adjust to the empty cubicles around them.
Companies that achieved productivity gains through real innovation need to continue, in fact accelerate, their innovations. Companies that succeeded through brute force methods are faced with significant challenges because they have already wrung out whatever excess capacity they had. In either case, companies must find ways to improve efficiency and effectiveness while at the same time addressing the very real people issues that exist in a post-layoff work environment. To protect dwindling revenue streams, companies must also act quickly.
Change Strategies applies its proven methodology, approach and tools to help companies succeed in their efforts to do more with less. Within a six week period we can help a client:
- assess and prioritize critical operational areas and processes – separating key revenue and profit driving activities from those that may have evolved in more comfortable times
- identify specific areas of improvement within those priority areas, focusing on effectiveness and efficiency
- work with a core group to define roles, responsibilities and process improvements that can be implemented quickly and produce results
- Begin implementation
Our focus on a core group of people who actually do the work is an essential part of addressing the post-layoff people issues. Through this process those who remain move from victim to active participant in helping the company thrive in difficult times.
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