ERIC Number: ED335468
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Management of a Major Downsizing at a Naval Shipyard. Research Report No. 52.
Aguilar, M.; And Others
Between 1987 and 1990, the work force of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard (Vallejo, California) was reduced from 10,000 to 7,200 employees. The management strategy for moving through this period included the following: (1) using a flexible work force; (2) using Computer-Assisted Manpower Analyses System (CAMAS) flow models to ensure that management had considered long-term impacts of accelerating attrition; (3) using apprentice programs as a training pipeline; (4) implementing a comprehensive outplacement program; and (5) maintaining a computerized skills bank of data on exiting employees. A strong communication program was initiated from the outset to show concern and ease tension. Outplacement staff conducted career workshops and job fairs. One successful strategy in the downsizing was a variety of efforts to accelerate attrition. The decision support system was used throughout the downsizing to develop the strategic and tactical plans and to monitor and control the stream of decisions as the work force changes unfolded. The 1990 downsizing plan and results were analyzed to identify efforts that worked well and problems encountered, such as lack of time, misassignments, and poor communication. Improvements for a 1991 reduction in force (RIF) were planned. A recovery and revitalization program was designed to minimize impacts after the RIF and maintain and increase productivity. (Appendixes include 12 references and an analysis of Microcomputer CAMAS modeling application and implementation issues.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: California; Navy
Note: Paper presented at the Human Resource Planning Society Research Symposium (Newport, RI, June 11-14, 1991).