Background Note | HBS Case Collection | December 2010 (Revised March 2011)

Layoffs: Management Implications and Best Practices

by Sandra J. Sucher, Elana Sara Green and David Alberto Rosales


This note reviews decision criteria for carrying out a layoff, best practices for implementation, and ways that managers can prepare themselves to conduct a layoff.

Keywords: Job Cuts and Outsourcing;


Sucher, Sandra J., Elana Sara Green, and David Alberto Rosales. "Layoffs: Management Implications and Best Practices." Harvard Business School Background Note 611-029, December 2010. (Revised March 2011.)