Planning for Workforce Reductions in an Age of Inflation

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With inflationary pressures and lingering fears of a recession, 2023 has seen layoffs in nearly every sector of the economy. But layoffs have their own price tag, which often includes severance payments to affected employees, loss of institutional knowledge, diminished employee morale, and reputational harm. Before committing to a reduction in force, employers should consider alternatives like pay cuts, eliminating benefits and perks, offering early retirement packages, or implementing furloughs. If layoffs are necessary, advance planning is vital to achieve the company’s cost-savings goal, reduce the risk of legal claims, and minimize the impact on the company’s residual workforce

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