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Managing the Consequences of Hospital Cutbacks: The Role of Workforce Reduction Practices

Author: KENT V. RONDEAU and TERRY H. WAGAR
Published in JHHSA, Vol. 23 No. 4

In recent years, hospitals in Canada as
elsewhere have witnessed unprecedented downsizing
of their workforces. It is generally assumed that
planned workforce reductions can have deleterious
consequences on an organization’s human resources.
Scholars and practitioners alike have identified a
number of humane or progressive approaches that
are widely considered to be effective for organizations
undergoing downsizing. This study examines the
impact that workforce reduction approaches have on
perceptions of organizational performance in a large
sample of Canadian hospitals undergoing permanent
workforce reductions.

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