Laid-off staff willing to go back

Many people who are laid off by a company would be willing to put any ill feeling behind them and return to their former employer. This is according to new research appearing in the journal Career Development International, which showed 45 per cent of these individuals would take this route even though they felt anger at being made redundant.

It was also demonstrated that companies should be fair and transparent when reducing staff numbers, as such behaviour affects those who keep their jobs, impacts a firm's reputation and damages an organisation's ability to attract new workers.

Professor Gary Blau from Temple University's Fox School of Business noted: "How employers treat employees through layoffs is always important and will become even more so when the economy fully rebounds and it's an employees' market again."

The authors explained companies therefore have a vested practical interest in making sure they act fairly when deciding which staff members stay or go.

Chartered Psychologist Professor Susan Cartwright explained: "In my view, employers should always try to handle lay offs as sensitively and fairly as they can. But as this study would seem to support, the current  job market is so difficult and people are so desperate to  keep or get a job that individuals are prepared to put up with poor treatment from employers. Laid off workers might say they would return to a former employer now but when the economy and job market picks up again, they will probably be off somewhere else pretty quickly!"