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Reductions in staff are hard on everyone, including remaining employees. Manage the changes with Birkman.

Whether it’s due to economic downturns, financial challenges, or other reasons, sometimes downsizing is the only option. The impact on remaining employees include increased stress, less trust in the organization, and feelings of survivor’s guilt.

Your company has already lost valuable employees, and you can’t afford to lose any more. With Birkman insights, you can weather the storm and provide your team with an environment where they can be happy and do their best work.

Birkman improves morale and culture

Rejuvenate your company culture with meaningful collaboration as the foundation

Layoffs leave teams fragmented and employees feeling demotivated, stressed, and fearing the security of their own jobs. After downsizing, it’s important that your team feels they have a voice – and that it’s heard. 

Birkman insights help companies develop a culture based on psychological safety, so leaders and employees can be transparent, honest, and bring new ideas to the table. The result is a connected culture that drives team performance, even in the most difficult times.

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Birkman provides employees with an environment to succeed

Provide an environment for teams to reach their full potential 

After force reductions, less employees are doing the same amount of work. The aftermath of downsizing can be stress, burnout, and in the worst cases, turnover. And you can’t afford to lose any more of your team. 

Birkman provides companies with insights to reduce stress in the workplace. Instead of employees feeling overwhelmed and leaving, your employees can feel engaged and motivated to do their best work.

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Birkman helps companies increase trust and communication

Maintain trust that’s often lost during force reductions

The key to trust is communication. Without it, collaboration becomes challenging, job satisfaction plummets, and conflict increases.

Birkman provides insights into how leaders communicate so that they can interact with team members more effectively. The result is greater transparency and trust throughout the organization to drive motivation, team dynamics, and performance. 

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Birkman helps companies place their employees in the right positions

Put your employees in the best seats for the whole team to thrive

With less people in the organization, you’ll need to make sure that employees are working efficiently. If employees are doing tasks they enjoy and are good at, they’ll do better work overall – and be happy while doing it. 

Birkman helps companies identify employee strengths and interests to keep them motivated and energized.

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Gain powerful personality insights to help your team persevere through downsizing

Your employees are facing a lot of challenges. Provide an environment to help them do their best work.

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Downsizing doesn’t have to downsize team performance.

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Learn what motivates employees to do their best work

During layoffs, morale is often at an all-time low, making it hard for employees to perform their best.

Birkman identifies what tasks energize employees and which ones drain them to put them in roles where they’re motivated and engaged. The result is better job satisfaction and less stress.

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Provide leaders with insights into their own behaviors and communication styles

Leadership behavior and communication is vital for team success after downsizing. With employees already on edge, leaders need to have the self-awareness to get the most out of their team.

Birkman gives leaders insights into their own behaviors so they understand how they impact the organization as a whole, increasing trust and overall team dynamics. 

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Instill clarity and purpose to propel the team forward

With layoffs in the rearview and a reduced headcount, daily work might look a lot different for many employees.

Birkman helps companies provide job role clarity so that employees understand their role in the company’s purpose. The result? Employees know what they’re doing, why they’re doing it, and can move in the same direction together to get there. 

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Establish culture grounded in psychological safety

After downsizing, employees often feel guarded towards leadership, making it tough for teams to be productive and successful. 

Birkman helps companies establish a psychologically safe environment that allows employees to be transparent, truthful, and honest without the fear of negative consequences. When trust is established, meaningful collaboration and engagement isn’t far behind. 

Core Strengths

Pinpoint strengths that employees can leverage to be successful

All employees have personality attributes they can tap into to best perform their role. And after downsizing, it’s important that employees spend their time doing what they’re good at to be their most productive selves.

Birkman helps discover employees strengths while identifying which ones can become blind spots – so employees can perform their best and have a positive impact on team dynamics.

Downsizing is hard on the whole organization. Get your team through it together.


After mass layoffs, employees are stressed and can distrust leadership. The way that executives communicate with the rest of the organization can be the difference between better days ahead or more trouble down the line. 

Birkman provides leaders with self-awareness of their own behaviors and communication styles so they can understand how it affects the organization and adjust them to have the greatest impact. 

Middle Managers

After the dust settles, middle managers are responsible for bringing fragmented teams together and ensuring that they perform. 

Birkman gives middle managers insights to establish an environment where employees can be their best selves, while shedding light on their own personality so they can effectively manage the team.

Individual Contributors

No one is affected by layoffs quite like individual contributors. Dealing with stress, distrust, and uncertainty can sometimes weigh heavy enough to cause turnover.

Birkman identifies employee strengths, interests, and other personality attributes so team members can be put in the best position to succeed and interact with other team members more effectively.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does The Birkman Method work?

The Birkman Method combines motivational, behavioral, and interests evaluation into one single self-assessment and is used for talent selection and alignment, talent development, team performance, and leadership development. Our reporting and workshops provide insight into effective behavioral styles, expectations of relationships and social situations, possible stressors when needs are not met, and job preferences and motivators.

What do the Birkman Colors mean?

Birkman outlines four unique archetypes. Red, or the Doer, represents a climate of action, energy, and practicality. Green, or the Communicator, represents socialization and responsiveness. Yellow, or the Analyzer, represents planning, fairness, and objectivity. Blue, or the Thinker, represents reflection, sensing, and expression. Each Birkman Color represents a different climate of personality.

How does the assessment work with teams?

At Birkman, we believe in helping companies build more effective teams, develop their talent, and do better work. Our team building solutions include the following:

High-Performing Teams workshop provides a framework to help teams build purpose, clarity, and psychological safety, solving challenges such as conflict resolution, miscommunication, and misalignment in teams.

Birkman Signature is a report to create a memorable language to discuss personality in the workplace, helping teams discover their Birkman behaviors, needs, colors, and symbols.

Birkman at Work toolkits are quick, brief workshops covering team needs, behaviors, and interests to promote better communication.

Find the best solution for your team and schedule a call with Sales.

Even through a downsize, team performance doesn’t have to suffer

Downsizing can wreak havoc on team dynamics  – but it doesn’t have to. Birkman helps teams do their best work, even through difficult times. 

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