How To Manage Extra Work During Downsizing

How To Manage Extra Work During Downsizing



The general economic climate is not good. Overhead costs are increasing. Profits are shrinking. Companies are being forced to downsize.


Employees are among the first to feel the effects of economic slowdown. During a slow run, businesses are left with no other options but to cut costs. If this is not enough, they are forced to consider downsizing.


If you are the employee, you can either be retrenched or retained. Naturally, you will be shocked of the outcome. However, the shock need not leave you helpless. Here are some of the options you can take:


  • Anticipate additional workload. During retrenchment, the boss will divide the workload among those who will be retained. If you are one of the lucky few, expect to have additional workload. Initially, you will hear howls crying “Unfair!” This seems to be unfair if you are on the receiving end of the workload. Think of it this way: Count your blessings, at least you still have a source of income.


  • Manage the assigned workload. When your boss dumps extra workload on your desk, manage these and avoid going on overtime. The reason why the company engaged in downsizing is to minimize cost. Overtime work runs counter to the company’s objectives.


  • If you think you cannot absorb the extra workload, level with your boss. The quality of your regular work must not be compromised just to be able to make way for the extra workload. Be ready with a valid reason and present possible points for negotiations. For example, you may ask for extended deadlines or pacing of the load.


During downsizing, most bosses are all ears for discussion in order to search for the most viable solution to address the workload. View this as a welcome chance for you to present solutions. If you are already up to your neck with the present workload, your boss will understand.


  • Maintain the quality of your output. Oftentimes, employees slack off at work when the boss is away. Actually, the presence of the boss should not affect quality of the output and employee’s attitude towards work.


If you perceive work based on results, the boss’ presence should hardly affect your performance. Instead of being sluggish, it would do you and the company more good to help with the extra work, especially after downsizing. Your boss will realize your sincerity as you extend a helping hand in order to address the extra work, with or without his actual presence.


Actually, when the boss is not around, this is the time that he will monitor closely the activities in the office. All bosses are aware that “when the cat is away, the mouse will play.” Even if the boss is away, he will frequently call the office to monitor developments.


The effects of downsizing a company can be far reaching. Some may either be directly or indirectly affected. In similar situations, cooperation, for the sake of survival, can indeed go a long way!