• Be open, honest, and informative in communications with employees and the community.

  • If possible, involve employees in decision-making or planning process.

  • Consider reducing in-house workforce through attrition only.
         -Pro: less disruptive to current employees.
         -Con: deferred savings.

  • Grandfather-in changes to wages and benefits to maintain compensation levels for current employees.
         -Pro: less disruptive to current employees.
         -Con: deferred savings.

  • Consider requiring the contractor to hire back any employees displaced by the transition.

  • Stay focused. It takes strong leadership to effect a change.

  • (Readers may also wish to consult Privatization and Public Employees. Guidelines for Fair Treatment, Reason Foundation How-To Guide No. 9, Reason Foundation, September 1993.)