The article examines human resource practices as they pertain to cost reduction. The author stresses the importance of careful planning of any cost reduction activities to minimize the after-effects and other undesirable consequences of downsizing and possible layoffs. He notes that laying people off should be the last resort, not the first, because of their widespread negative effects. In this article, he presents a useful conceptual framework of cost reduction stages that contain short, medium, and long-term adjustments.
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