'Up in the air' down on the ground - Downsizing, voluntary exit and organisational trust

The Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology and the British Academy of Management Special Interest Group in Organisational Psychology collaborate to present a unique day focusing on the topical final part of the employees’ HRM cycle - exit. We showcase new research by world leading experts, Dr Shay Tzafrir, University of Haifa, Israel and Dr Finian Buckley, Dublin City University Business School, Ireland, offering new insight, debate and reflection.


We begin by looking at employee fit and how employees align with each other and the organisation. We examine how this alignment can become challenged and strained, resulting in a decision to quit. How is the employee’s trust in the organisational altered through this process? What are the clues to employees reduced fit? What can organisations do to prevent key employees leaving?

Then we explore downsizing, but from a unique perspective - that of the professionals delivering this policy. Drawing on research gained through working with over 60 HR professionals over the last few years as the Irish economy collapsed, we look at those in the unenviable prospect of delivering news which may be devastating for the recipients, and at the same time maintain a professional and optimistic demeanour to ensure that those employees that survive remain engaged and productive.

Although downsizing research is now at an advanced point, with a general consensus regarding the strategies and processes that assist and sustain survivor trust and performance, significantly, very little attention has been given to the HR manager involved. Find out about the personal cost to HR professionals; their trust in top management; their subsequent levels of work engagement. While the situation is typically adverse for the HR managers, it is not exclusively so, creating a heightened sense of involvement and challenge for many during this taxing period.

Booking information

DOP Members: £10.00
BAM OP Members: £10.00
BPS Members: £50.00
Non BPS or BAM Members: £95.00

To book please go to the BPS Shop.

Places are limited for this event so book early to avoid disappointment.


Society’s London Office

30 Tabernacle Street



Directions to the London Office.

Thu, 12/05/2011 -
00:00 to 15:30
BPS Learning Centre