Explain the concept of downsizing and describe the various downsizing techniques
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The case examines the increase in employee downsizing across the world in the late 20th and early 21st century. The case discusses in detail the downsizing concept and explores its positive and negative impact on both, organization and employees. The case also examines the ‘best practices’ regarding downsizing and the steps downsized employees need to take, to overcome the trauma of being downsized and to find other jobs. It also discusses concepts such as flexible working arrangements and contingent
employment that are being adopted by many companies to avoid the negative impact of downsizing.
Answer the following question.
Q1. Explain the concept of downsizing and describe the various downsizing techniques. Critically evaluate the reasons for the increasing use of downsizing during the late 20th century and the early 21st century. Also discuss the positive and negative effects of downsizing on organizations as well as employees (downsized and remaining).
Q2.Why did contingent employment and flexible work arrangements become very popular during the early 2000s? Discuss. Evaluate these concepts as alternatives to downsizing in the context of organizational and employee welfare.
Q3. Given the uncertainty in the job market, what do you think employees should do to survive the trauma caused by downsizing and prepare themselves for it?
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