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Osayi Emokpae Lasisi: Dear Employee, Here are 3 Ways to Prepare For a Downsizing in Your Organization



dreamstime_m_31027133I remember those days when our parents would tell us that we needed to be engineers, or doctors, or lawyers, and that we needed to work in this industry or that industry because our success would be guaranteed.

The older I get, the more I realize that our parents were trying to prepare us for a future that they thought would look just like their present circumstances.

It’s something that I’ve noticed myself doing a lot as I grow older – I keep trying to force people to behave like they did in the past, or to make decisions like they did in the past. But life doesn’t work like that… the only thing that stays the same is nothing. Nothing stays the same.

Lately in the news I hear about downsizing, and how terrible it can be for those who experience it. But what gets me the most about it is that many people hear the news and just say thank God it’s not me. It’s almost as if they never expect it to happen to them.

Now I’m not saying that you should believe you’re next and be so afraid that you’re unable to do your work, or live a healthy life. What I’m saying is be prepared. When you see the signs of things going on, be prepared.

There are a few ways you can prepare

Know that it’s not about you
Whatever happens, whether you get downsized or not, it’s not about you. It’s not because you’re better or worse than anyone else. Try not to take it personally.

Create, maintain, resurrect relationships
We all know that we are more willing to help people that we know and like; so why not become the kind of person that other people would like to be around. People are the key to your success.

Start a business
Figure out what you enjoy doing and you are skilled at doing that people would be willing to pay you for. Then package it so well that people are eager to patronize you.

What are your thoughts? What other tips would you include?

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Osayi Lasisi is a leader in growth marketing. She is passionate about marketing, and has been helping brands reach more new b2b or b2c customers using paid channels. You can connect with her and find out more -


  1. Bennie

    September 22, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Don’t expect anything from anyone, so u don’t get disappointed because a lot of people you will expect to be there for you might not be so nice. Besides every body is figthing one battle or another

  2. esteem

    September 22, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    Bennie you have spoken well. One way or the other we would always be downsize to the lowest level, some people will succumb to the pressure and give up making others feel they are not fit, while other will surmount the pressure and act with full confidence making people believe they know what they are doing but at the end the one with fear would be downgraded while the cconfident one will either blend later or be managed in the position he or she has already assumed.

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