Layoff survivors take more sick leave

Major downsizing has long-term effects
||Last Updated: 04/08/2003

A study of 764 Finnish workers who remained employed following large layoffs indicates that staying on may adversely affect employees’ health.

Dr. Jussi Vahtera of the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health has released research indicating that:

•employees who survive a major downsizing are more than twice as likely to take sick leave as those who withstand minor cutbacks;