Staff Cuts: Be Objective and Focus on Required Skills


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When staffing cuts need to be made, making the wrong decisions will have a long-term impact and could inhibit the enterprise's ability to remain competitive. This risk is magnified when time frames for reductions are short.

A structured and objective approach to determining what skill sets to cut and when will minimize mistakes and reduce enterprise costs. This research note explores:

  • Specific steps for setting prerequisites and gathering needed information to make staff reduction decisions. 
  • A skills-oriented approach for determining where cuts can be made. 
  • Recommendations for executing on the staff reduction plan.

Laying off staff is never easy. The best that can be hoped for is that it's done fairly, systematically, and achieves stated cost reduction objectives.

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