You have just been mandated to reduce your department’s labor force by eight percent.
What steps are you taking to identify whom to lay-off?
What are the staff roles, regulatory requirements regarding certain staffing patterns, the roles of assistive personnel, cross training, and anything else you think would help in arriving at a viable solution? (in nursingleadership and management)
A few steps needs to considered in determining whom to lay-off are-
– Identify the departments most affected.
– Lay-offs must not affect a particular department. The lay-offs must be well organized, not disturbing the the nurse-patient ratio adversely. Nowadays, the nurse patient ration is generally 1:3 or 1:4. It must not be too high affecting the patient care.
– The Hospital/ care center needs to determine the cost …
A reduction in force (RIF) is painful not only for affected employees but also for employers who must implement one. If not handled correctly, a RIF may result in even more headaches (and liability) for the employer.