Definitions (2)
Related Terms
1. Computing: Adapting mainframe computer based software to a desktop or personal computer (PC) based architecture, without too many compromises in system integrity, security, and control.
2. Management: Intentional reduction in the size of a workforce at all staffing levels, to survive a downturn, improve efficiencies, or become a more attractive candidate for acquisition or merger. Used often as a euphemism for indiscriminately firing the employees. See also rationalization.

Use 'downsizing' in a Sentence

The implementation of our new manufacturing equipment, along with the new software programs in place we will be downsizing our annual salary overhead by 35%.
16 people found this helpful
We were downsizing our company and thought that would help because things had gotten out of control over the last few months.
14 people found this helpful
The company has been in a constant state of downsizing this year, and has laid off over thirty percent of its workforce with threats of further firings on the horizon.
14 people found this helpful

Email Print Embed

Popular 'Computer Hardware, Software, & Security' Terms