Redundancies could become necessary in any business, at any time. While generally an unpleasant experience for both employer and employee, there are many and varied reasons why roles are made redundant. The decision is hard and the implementation is harder – but a well managed redundancy contributes to a more efficient business and ensures that affected staff move smoothly into the next phase of their career, using a range of services available to them. Well managed redundancies also protect the reputation of the organisation as a valued and caring employer.
Every business is different... just as every employee is different.
Notifying an employee that their role has been made redundant is not a pleasant experience. Managers are often unprepared, unsure of what to say and worried about how employees might react. Notifying staff of a redundancy requires sensitivity and an awareness of the legal implications. Assistance with career transition will help the affected employee move ahead with their career, retaining a good impression of the organisation. It also confirms for continuing employees, that they work for a caring and professional organisation.
Employees whose roles have been made redundant have a number of choices available to them:
- continuing along their career path in another organisation
- starting their own business
- education and retraining
- changing industries or vocations
- retiring from full-time work
Choosing the right option can feel overwhelming. Having the opportunity to discuss choices and concerns with experienced career professionals who have helped others through similar situations, is of great value.
Lee Hecht Harrison provides notification training to assist managers in ensuring that every aspect of a redundancy is handled in a professional manner. Our career transition services assist employees to effectively negotiate their transition to a new phase of life. Partnering with LHH ensures employees will have both a sound understanding of the options available, and assistance with achieving their goals.
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