Reduction in Force Training for Supervisors. Presentation Subtitle/Description • Presenter’s Name • Date. Introduction.
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Presentation Subtitle/Description • Presenter’s Name • Date
A downturn in the economy or in an employer’s specific type of business as well as internal business conditions may force an employer to consider making a reduction in staff (RIF). A RIF, as other types of involuntary terminations, may have a long- term effect on the remaining workforce and the success of the business. An employer considering a RIF needs to review alternatives to the staff reduction, identify the laws involved and decide how to communicate its decisions to employees and how to keep remaining staff motivated and productive.
This sample presentation is intended for presentation to supervisors and other individuals who manage employees. It is designed to be presented by an individual who is knowledgeable in federal and state employment laws and has experience implementing a reduction in force. This is a sample presentation that must be customized to comply with state and federal laws and the employer’s own policies and practices.
At the end of this session you will be able to:
Alternatives to a reduction in force include:
The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN)
(Source: Department of Labor)
The Older Worker Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA)
Develop a communication plan:
Planning the Actual Meeting:
ROLE-PLAY EXERCISE (takes 20-30 minutes)
Groups of three. Each person takes a turn being the Communicator, Employee and Observer.
Communicator Role: communicate the RIF decision as discussed in this training to the employee.
Employee Role (the affected employee): The more realistic (but not over the top) you can be, the better prepared you and your co-workers will feel after this exercise.
Observer Role: observe how the communicator handles the meeting and provide professional and constructive feedback afterward. Feedback should include:
(Allow 5-6 minutes per role play)
Employees remaining after the reduction in force may:
Communicate often and openly.
Provide training, resources and time to succeed:
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