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Managing Change

RIF Avoidance Strategies When Downsizing and Restructuring

February 1, 1998
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In the February 1998 issue of Workforce, Brenda Paik Sunoo wrote the article "Reinventing Government" about the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Workforce has awarded OPM the Optimas award for Managing Change . By downsizing in a humane and responsible way, today’s federal government has been able to improve its customer service and assist its employees in finding new jobs.
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Touching the Lives of Millions

February 1, 1998
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Workforce talked with Janice R. Lachance, director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, about managing human resources for the federal government.
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1998 Managing Change Optimas Award Profile U.S. Office of Personnel Management

February 1, 1998
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In response to Executive Order 12862 (which mandated government reform), the US OPM has created a humane model for downsizing (and successfully cut almost 300,000 jobs), provided outplacement, pioneered privatization with the Federal government’s first employee stock ownership plan, and reduced its own bureaucracy.
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Still on a Winning Streak

September 1, 1997
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Four years after receiving an Optimas Award for managing change, Philadelphia Electric Co. (now PECO Energy) is still creating sparks. This time, HR is restructuring to lower costs and to be more responsive to its employees. A consultant explains how.
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It Takes Values to Capitalize on Change

April 1, 1997
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Manugistics Inc. is a small technology firm competing with the big guns for talent. In addition, the company has gone global and lost two of its original founders. It has doubled the employee headcount and been through several acquisitions. Through it all
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1996 Managing Change Optimas Award Profile Siemens Rolm Communications Inc.

February 1, 1996
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When the company was reengineered into a learning organization, HR had to be reengineered too. HR staff members work on three core business skills. And its old silo structure was torn down and replaced by five business-driven teams.
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Twelve Tips for Responsible Restructuring

February 1, 1996
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In 1995, the U.S. Department of Labor published its research about the effects on company performance of downsizing. Below are its guidelines.
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1995 Managing Change Optimas Award ProfileBRThe Seattle Times Co

July 1, 1995
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A comprehensive diversity initiative and content audits have helped the Seattle newspaper change to meet the needs of the changing community.
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1994 Managing Change Optimas Award ProfileBRL.L. Bean Inc

July 1, 1995
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The company's fabled customer service masked work flow and process problems. To remedy the situation, L.L. Bean engaged in a total quality management system. Rather than focus on product improvement, however, the Bean effort focused on employee developmen
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