5e apply methodology in a consistent and fair manner

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5e. Apply methodology in a consistent and fair manner Applying the same method consistently helps to ensure that the downsizing process is conducted in a fair manner. Without the consistent application of the employee selection methodology, other reasonable HR practices cannot operate effectively. Examples of inconsistent procedures include managers not following the company’s official downsizing guidelines consistently for all
employees, or exempting some employees from any risk of termination (e.g., by classifying them as ‘‘high potential’’). In terms of circumventing the procedures, managers may change the ratings of employees to alter the outcomes, complete ratings and forms after the decisions of whom to terminate have been made, and allow a very short period of time to make evaluations, rather than giving enough time to consider various aspects required to make the evaluation. All of these examples are likely to lead to unfair outcomes and poor decisions that may also have legal repercussions. The consistent application of any HR practice, but especially downsizing practices, is critical to employees’ sense of fairness. Not only are employees who feel they have been treated fairly less likely to sue, but in the event of a lawsuit, the courts are likely to favor the consistent application of downsizing practices, as they do in relation to other HR practices. Finally, consistency prevents age discrimination by ensuring that both older and younger employees are treated the same. 5f. Allow employees to compete for remaining or new positions throughout the organization.

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