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Streamline Your Workforce During a Pandemic

Times of crisis put leadership to the test. The window for initial action is small – be planful rather than giving in to knee-jerk reactions.

  • Reduced infection rates in compromised areas are providing hope that these difficult times will pass. However, organizations are facing harsh realities in real time. With significant reductions in revenue, employers are facing pressure to quickly implement cost-cutting strategies, resulting in mass layoffs of valuable employees.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Employees are an organization’s greatest asset. When faced with cost-cutting pressures, look for redeployment opportunities that use talent as a resource to get through hard times before resorting to difficult layoff decisions.

Impact and Result

  • Make the most of your workforce in this unprecedented situation by following McLean & Company’s process to initiate redeployment efforts and reduce costs. If all else fails, follow our guidance on planning for layoffs and considerations when doing so.

Streamline Your Workforce During a Pandemic

1. Meet with leadership

Set a strategy with senior leadership, brainstorm underused and understaffed employee segments and departments, then determine an approach to redeployments and layoffs.

4. Monitor and manage departmental effectiveness

Monitor departmental performance, review organizational performance, and determine next steps.


About McLean & Company

McLean & Company is an HR research and advisory firm providing practical solutions to human resources challenges via executable research, tools, diagnostics, and advisory services that have a clear and measurable impact on your business.

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Guided Implementation #1 - Meet With Leadership
  • Call #1 - Plan to lead the leadership conversation around affected employee segments and action planning.
  • Call #2 - Review redeployment process for departmental and functional leaders to follow.

Guided Implementation #2 - Plan Individual and Department Redeployment
  • Call #1 - Review high-level action plan to redeploy employees.
  • Call #2 - Prepare communication, training, and support for redeployment initiatives.

Guided Implementation #3 - Plan Individual and Department Layoffs
  • Call #1 - Review layoff decisions and roles selected and plan for all levels of communication with effected employees.

Guided Implementation #4 - Monitor and Manage Departmental Effectiveness
  • Call #1 - Review organizational performance and determine next steps.

Author(s)

Mardi Walker

Rachel Stewart

Evan Hughes

William Howard