In what was perhaps a textbook example of bad optics, our company announced layoffs recently. To make things worse, the environment was such that many of us were personal friends as well as colleagues.
The employees who are left are facing incredibly low morale, difficulty maintaining productivity, an increased workload, and an environment slightly less cheery than that of a mortuary.
What are some strategies we remaining employees can employ to maintain/restore morale and productivity during this time of loss?
I am not in a managerial role, just a lead role, and am asking for myself and my fellow employees.
Also, worth noting: I ask this as a way to fight the natural urge to stop producing or caring, as this will only hurt our careers in the long run if we give in to the natural urges to strike back at the company.