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What is Redundancy?

This is a situation which arises when a company workforce is in need of being reduced. It is not undertaken lightly as it still costs the company to reduce the numbers in the workforce. Most companies try different avenues prior to making redundancies.

This is usually due to change of circumstances whereby:

  • The work load has changed therefore part of the workforce is no longer required
  • The company may need to relocate and you job role no longer exists
  • Technology has superseded your role.

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Why make redundancies?

This is a situation which arises when a company workforce needs to be reduced. It is not undertaken lightly as it still costs the company to reduce the  employee numbers. Most companies try different avenues prior to making redundancies.

This is usually due to change of circumstances whereby:

  • The work load has changed therefore part of the workforce is no longer required
  • The company may need to relocate and you job role no longer exists
  • Technology has superseded your role.

Has Redundancy become a part of our natural working lives?

Redundancy, it seems has become part of our natural working lives. Those days seem to have gone when you started as an apprentice and went on to stay with the same company for years and in a lot of cases, your whole working life.

Redundancy for many is a frightening situation to be in and one which the younger generation are going to have to face on a regular basis. Even careers where you used to feel relatively safe such as nursing or the Forces seem now to be subject to redundancy, cutbacks or reapplying for your position.

Redundancy-Help offers those facing redundancy with advice and support; which in many cases their own companies do not. Companies which are aware of their corporate image/brand and are interested in protecting their goodwill will often bring in, or make available service companies which specialise in this area. The official name for redundancy assistance is outplacement; it is also known as job counselling; giving advice about where you can find assistance with a new career, training, or indeed financial assistance. Redundancy-Help offers this service free of charge in a very comprehensive site which is easily accessible and which has current information to help you get back on your feet.

Initial shock can be one of the first aspects of redundancy but remember, “it is the job which is made redundant not you”. This statement has been written many times on this website, and it is true but it doesn’t feel like it when it happens to you. It does feel very personal whatever anyone says, and when you look around at your work colleagues you can’t help but think why me?

Remaining positive can be difficult when redundancy looms as the job market can seem a daunting one to re-enter if you have been employed with the same company for many years. However, it does not need to be, Redundancy-Help has many pages of advice and ideas about CV writing, interview techniques, psychometric testing and other avenues that you might like to consider. If your company has given you prior notice of the redundancies, this can give you the opportunity to plan for it in a more positive way; you can think about your options rather than just being sent a text ( it does happen!) to let you know you have been made redundant effective immediately.

Change is often seen as frightening and something which is not beneficial; many of us enjoy our routines even if we do complain about them. We enjoy getting up at a certain time leaving for work and knowing what is expected of us when we get there. We like to plan our futures, our hobbies, our nights out and our romantic dinners or look forward to going away on holiday. All these expectations can be disrupted in one meeting. Your lifestyle and or that of your family lifestyle can change in a moment. At these times you can decide to either panic or plan. Redundancy-Help can offer you support with either. You may have planned for income protection to safeguard your home and a proportion of your income in the form of redundancy insurance or you may not have. Either way making sure you sit down with your family and prioritise and plan your next step is the most proactive action you can take. That sounds odd but there are many people who find it very difficult to even talk about redundancy let alone admit they have been made redundant.

It is a difficult time but it is often at these times when you see a family all pull together. If more people know you are to be made redundant you have more eyes looking out for new opportunities. Social networking may sound like something very alien to older people but in today’s workforce they use this to their advantage. Word goes round much faster when you twitter and you can put out feelers to all your friends on Facebook to see if they have heard of any vacancies. Redundancy is not always bad. For many it can be a time for a new beginning, retraining or a career transition. You may decide to start your own online business, turn your hobby into a career take early retirement. All these avenues can be explored to see if this is just a new beginning.

When your company decides to make you redundant then there are specific steps they will need to abide by. It is a good idea that you are aware of your redundancy rights in advance, and that the right redundancy process is being followed by the firm. You will want to know about your statutory redundancy payments as well as looking at a redundancy calculator to calculate what your redundancy pay might be.  Your employer must give you a written statement showing how they have calculated your final payment. This can be given to you before or when you are receive your final pay packet.

When making redundancies the Human Resources department (HR) of the company have to abide by certain criteria; this same criteria needs to be applied to all who are facing redundancy and preferential treatment to a certain member of the team because they are a “friend or relative” of the boss can not be tolerated. This form of treatment falls under the unfair dismissal umbrella and can be fought by an employment law solicitor. If you feel you have been unfairly dismissed or treated then you can seek a free initial consultation with our Redundancy-Help solicitor who is an employment law specialist. Alternatively you may like to seek help from (CAB) citizen advice bureau and they will be able to put you in touch with a reputable law firm.

Redundancy-Help is here to assist you at this time of uncertainty. Please feel free to bookmark the site so you can have the site on tap for advice and support or to check any details or contacts which you may need.

Further resources can be found at www.redundancyhelp.co.uk

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