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In today’s business world it is no surprise that there are rumors going around in every company. Rumors of downsizing, cuts in pay and nasty rumors on layoffs. These rumors if not dealt with appropriately can become quite a bothersome act for all employees and end up causing large amounts of confusion, distraction and even people leaving the company. Below are some tips for handling rumors regarding layoffs that was posted this week on New York Times.
Rather than ignoring them and hoping they will go away you need to address them and deal with them whether it be to verify they are true or to state that they are not true. Ignoring the rumors will only cause more fears and concerns in the work place.
Face the rumors directly and personally, don’t send someone else to do your dirty work for you. Hold a staff meeting and state that rumors will not be tolerated under any circumstances. If there is some truth to the allegations then make sure that you do your very best to provide them with all of the correct information that you can regarding the allegations being true.
“Preventative measures should include keeping staff regularly, fully and honestly informed of planned changes through a range of tailored formal and informal communication such as e-mails and face-to-face meetings at various levels.”