Rebuild Team Trust After Layoffs
So your team has been restructured and the dust finally settled.
Now, you’re supposed to go back to ‘business as usual’ but things feel far from normal. As the leader, you’re in a tough position because everyone on your team turns to you for answers and clarity. But, you're as much in the dark as they are, maybe a bit ticked off too....so what do you do?
Rest assured you’re not alone; heck, you can’t read a newspaper or hear a business report these days without learning about a company cutting back, laying off or reorganizing.
Just like you, there are hundreds of leaders trying to find their way to get back on track, regrouping but also trying to rebuild trust of the ‘survivors’.
Just like after a shipwreck on a desert island, those who survive significant company change are worn-out, tired, miserable and scared. We run through all types of emotion - at times we feel guilty we made it while friends did not, other times we wish we were gone too. Its known as Survivor Syndrome, its a real thing.
These are normal human reactions after riding through a rough experience, or any change really. Your whole team is feeling it. It is important to recognize, acknowledge and respond according to the emotions of each team member so that you reconnect, as well as rebuild team trust.
It’s not an easy process to get everyone back on track, especially when you're still reeling but, with a bit of patience and guidance, it is achievable.
To get some headway quickly, we’ve created a handy-dandy 'Survivor Checklist' of 10 things you can take ACTION on to reconnect as simply as possible:
At the end of the day, just like those people after the shipwreck, the team will come together and rebuild a whole new existence. Together, you really will survive and you’ll have plenty of stories to share along the way.
Throw out a lifeline: Phone a friend…here at Dots!!
If you need help to get through the trying times, or you’re looking for strategies to build your team, contact us at Dots Leadership Solutions! We have plenty of great tools and solutions to assist you. Learn more about our Specialties here.
Elaine Adamson is a leadership consultant with Dots Leadership Solutions Inc. A natural dot connector. Passionate about coaching team effectiveness and leadership development she shares over 25+ years of real-life tips and tricks that really work!
Elaine believes you can discover and leverage strengths to forge a strong team dynamic despite business challenges or organizational change.
She posts some great articles on Linked In too!
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