oa South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences - Downsizing and the Survivor Syndrome: the South African case
|Article Title||Downsizing and the Survivor Syndrome: the South African case|
|© Publisher:||University of Pretoria|
|Journal||South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences|
|Affiliations||1 *Department of Human Resources Management, University of Pretoria **Department of Human Resource Management and Employment Relations, University of Southern Queensland|
|Publication Date||Sep 2000|
|Pages||387 - 402|
|Keyword(s)||Downsizing, Employee morale, JEL, Job dissatisfaction, Job security, M 12, Management, Personnel, Private sectors, Public sectors, Staff commitment, Survivor syndrome and Workforce reduction|
ISI Social Science
The purpose of this study was to obtain empirical data about the effect of workforce reduction on ""survivors"" in the public (n=158) and private (n=71) sectors in South Africa. Analysis of the effects of workforce reduction indicated that downsizing affected the survivors negatively. Employee morale, staff commitment and motivation plummeted, while job dissatisfaction and concern about job security increased conspicuously. It was found that the negative effects were more prevalent in the public than the private sector. Depth and frequency of downsizing seem not to intensify the survivor syndrome.
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