Mistakes to  Avoid when downsizing

4 Major Mistakes

Downsizing is an art that not many knows how and what to do. The bad thing is when done wrongly, it will make the situation even more grim than before but on the bright side, it does not happen often.

So when it ever happens and you are in the management position handles the restructuring. This article will help you navigate through some of the obstacles you may face. Avoiding these costly mistakes can ensure the survivability of the company and hence ensuring you, your employees and the company remains competitive and motivated to ride through the storm together.


Assuming Management Knows How to Manage Through a Downsizing


Not Treating the Departing Employees with Dignity and Respect


Reducing Communication to the Surviving Population


Eliminating Severance and Outplacement


Things to take note of

Assuming Management Knows How to Manage Through a Downsizing

Delivering the message

What typically happens during a layoff including common emotions and reactions. These factors may impact the surviving workforce which is the most crucial to you at this moment in time as you have lesser people possibility doing more work than before. Companies should use this as a training opportunity, providing managers training on how to deliver an effective notification meeting.

Not Treating the Departing Employees with Dignity and Respect

Gracefulness and Graciousness 

We repeatedly hear the horror stories of layoffs occurring via email or the simple lack of respect shown to those who are let go. People in positions of authority are called into an office, told they no longer have a job and escorted by security or HR to remove their personal items and monitored to protect against vandalism or theft.
Morale can plummet if you don’t treat the employee with respect and dignity that they deserve after working long and hard for you and the company.

Go out of your way to demonstrate that you care about the employees being laid off by creating the best possible exit program you can. This will make this entire process much less painful and easier for all concerned. Also, your remaining employees are watching and assessing how you handle this matter. If you do it with great care and concern, they know you will be kind to them as well.

Reducing Communication to the Surviving Population

Communication is KEY

Many times managers will decrease their visibility and communication simply because it’s easier than dealing with emotions or because they don’t have the answers to employee questions. While the employees who survive layoffs may feel fortunate to still have a job, they also feel demoralized. They are filled with anxiety and fear that they may be next and feel guilt for surviving the layoff. All of this is followed by feelings of cynicism, suspicion, and reduced allegiance you, the manager, and the organization.
The time after a layoff requires more communication, even if it is the simplest statement, “I don’t know” or “I will update you.” Allow employees to express their concerns and reassure them with communication to increase loyalty, and enhance trust. Employees must feel at ease in order to focus on the job at hand than to spend their time worrying about things that is beyond them or even you. Such distraction often leads to them to perform slower or worse to look for other opportunities 

Eliminating Severance and Outplacement

Look long term and not the short term savings

Law mandates that employees affected by large layoffs receive some type of assistance from their employers, typically severance and continued health benefits. However, many employers should do more than what is required by law because they recognize the value of “compassionate outplacement.” Providing additional benefits such as a Career Transition program can help organizations avoid long-term hidden costs of layoffs including a tarnished reputation, diminished customer loyalty and potential legal action, all of which can outweigh the usual cost-savings predicated from a layoff

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What to eat around Iskandar Puteri

Thinking of what to eat around Iskandar Puteri? Fred not, we have you covered! There are numerous restaurants around the area, enough for you to try an entire month without going back to the same restaurant (not unless you want to). Be prepared for a mouth watering journey, here we go…


Lemon Tree

A very popular shop at Eco Botanic which serves western food. Be prepared to wait for tables during lunch and dinner time as their food is tasty and affordable! They are a western – chinese fusion restaurant so they also have other dishes such as fried rice for those who prefer more carbohydrates.

No.11, Jalan Eko Botani 3/4, 79100 Iskandar Puteri , Johor

Lemon Tree

Western – Chinese fusion

Kang Bee Hong

Local brand chain restaurant famous for their chicken and roast meat. They also serve other delicious dishes such as curry noodles, claypot, etc. Be sure to try out their crispy and freshly made Portuguese egg tart as well!

46 Jalan Eko Botani, Nusajaya 79100, Johor, Malaysia

Kang Bee Hong

Chinese cuisine 

Mana Cafe

Mana Cafe is a muslim store which serves a wide variety of dishes from Roti Canai to Pineapple Fried Rice and seafoods. Set up is basic which includes an indoor airconditioned area as well as an outdoor sheltered area for those who prefer fresh air. Their pricing is affordable and they are opened 24/7!

Ground Floor, Somerset, Puteri Harbour, 79000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Mana Cafe

Muslim Restuarant

Les Bouchons

Looking for a place to hold team lunch, celebrate birthday or simply just want to pamper yourself? Look no further, there is one right beside you! Les Bouchon serves quality food with excellent service and great ambiance. Everyone needs to be pampered once in awhile. 

Lot R-GL1, Menara Teega Jalan Lebuh Laksamana, Puteri Harbour, Iskandar Puteri 79250 Malaysia

Les Bouchons Puteri Harbour

French Restaurant 

The Marco Polo Kitchen

Decorated with rustic, red brick walls and bright lighting, this restaurant specializes in fusion cuisine between Italian and Asian cultures featuring delicacies of the two faraway inspirations in one place. With food options stretching from breakfast burgers and waffles to French toast and omelets as well as wings, pizzas and pastas, we are sure you will be spoilt for choices. The beverages are also varied, ranging from coffee to soft drinks and tea as well as mocktails for the adventurous.

35, Jalan Indah 15/2, Taman Bukit Indah, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor.

The Marco Polo Kitchen

Italian – Asian fusion

Daorae Korean BBQ Restaurant

Serving up authentic Korean barbecue, the Daorae Korean BBQ Restaurant sees lots of customers on a daily basis.
The outlet itself is very well furnished, with specialized barbecue tables with an indent in the middle to house the barbecue unit, where guests can cook ingredients of their choice to perfection. The barbecue here is fueled by charcoal, and gives the food an authentic, smoky flavor. All in all a very well balanced barbecue venue with good pricing and a very broad menu, the Daorae Korean BBQ is a place you should definitely try the next time you are in town.

79,79A,81A, Jalan Indah 15/2, Taman Bukit Indah, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor.

Daorae Korean BBQ Restaurant

Korean BBQ


Located just 5-10mins drive from Teega Tower, is this unique fish soup noodle shop. Unlike typical fish soup, they have cheese, pumpkin, kimchi soup base and more! Exotic flavors for the adventurous, watercress soup for the more health conscious ones or the good old fish head soup, their menu will get you spoilt for choices. Oh, did I mention that you can also choose from a variety of fish types or even add pork belly meat and more! 

No 34, Jalan Eko Botani 3/6, Taman Eko Botani, 79100 Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia

IKAR @ Eco Botanic

Fish Soup

Kuu Kopitiam

Located at Puteri Cove, beside Straits of Johor, is the small cosy Kuu Kopitiam which serve some local delights such as Nasi Lemak, Curry Chicken and more. They also serves desserts and coffee, a perfect place for an afternoon tea break. 

GF-09, Ground Floor, Puteri Cove Quayside PTD 166945/TR2-2, Persiaran Tanjung, Lebuh Laksamana, Puteri Harbour, 79000 Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia

Kuu Kopitiam (Puteri Cove)

Local Chinese Cusinie

The Tribus

Looking for a place to chill after work or want to bond with your colleagues over a beer? Look no further as we have a Pub & Bistro right beside Teega Tower. With comfortable seatings and ambient, Tribus also serves full course meals and affordable lunch meals. Time to time, they will come out with seasonal dishes and lunch promotions. Be sure to check them out in your next chillax session!

Jalan Laksamana 2, 79100 Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia

The Tribus @ Puteri Harbour

Pub & Bistro

Shun Fa Bak Kut Teh Eco Botanic

Shun Fa’s ambience is more comfortable than your average Bak Kut Teh restaurant in Johor Bahru!

From their menu, you can choose add-ons based on your preference with delicious side dishes like claypot Sesame Oil Chicken, vegetable, and be sure to try their dry Bak Kut Teh as well!

55, Jalan Eko Botani 3/5, Taman Eko Botani, 79100 Gelang Patah, Johor, Malaysia

Shun Fa Bak Kut Teh Eco Botanic

Chinese restaurant (Bak Kut Teh)