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Dear Workforce Bring Back Employees from a Closed Division

We have some employees who transferred permanently from one division to another division to work on e-business initiatives. As those projects come to completion, we are faced with either integrating these people back into their old units--which since have filled the vacancies--or laying them off. Given the culture of our organization, a layoff is the last alternative. How can we reintegrate them?
April 16, 2004
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Dear Horns:

Unfortunately, you have burned your bridges. You will have to rebuild it. This means you will have to create new positions to reintegrate the workers you want to keep.
It would not be fair to shove out the replacements who took their new jobs in good faith.
Attrition may help, but it may be necessary to allow your workforce budget to swell for a while to hold onto those valuable people. Although it is wise to avoid layoffs, you might consider some sort of contracting arrangement where some of your employees perform work for other employers--at your facilities, their place, or the workers' homes.
The transitioning workers may have some ideas also, so get them involved in the problem-solving. You may be delighted at their innovative approaches.
SOURCE: Roger E. Herman, certified speaking professional and certified management consultant,The Herman Group, Greensboro, North Carolina, co-author of How to Become an Employer of Choice and Impending Crisis: Too Many Jobs, Too Few People, May 6, 2003.
LEARN MORE: Calculate theCost and Benefit of a Layoff.
The information contained in this article is intended to provide useful information on the topic covered, but should not be construed as legal advice or a legal opinion. Also remember that state laws may differ from the federal law
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