By admin 22 June 2020

Supporting Your Staff Through Redundancy

Supporting Your Staff Through Redundancy

Furlough has been one of the most used words of the past few months. It was one of those words that few people had heard of before Covid but is now etched into everyone’s brains.

In general, it seems the furlough scheme has been a success with many businesses and staff benefitting massively. The announcement that the system will be continued until October has doubtless been of enormous comfort to many.

However, recent reports show that many companies anticipate making redundancies when the furlough scheme ends. Companies are already making those tough decisions now, but a spike of redundancies are expected in October.

Redundancy is never an enjoyable experience, especially in smaller businesses, where staff form close bonds with each other and the management team. But it is a fact of business. So how do you help your staff through the process?

If you have an HR department, your HR manager will have a process in place for how your company deals with redundancy. Everyone involved must follow that process every step of the way. If you don’t have a dedicated HR function, there are many specialist HR law firms you can use. They’ll help and advise you through the process and usually provide templates for the documentation you need to draw up. Ultimately, they’ll make sure that you act legally and responsibly.

But aside from the legal and procedural aspects, what about the personal ones? As a responsible employer, you care about your staff and want to help them through this emotional and stressful time. Where do you start?

Firstly, create a voluntary redundancy programme and ask if anyone would like to be considered for VR. Avoiding compulsory redundancies is a considerable benefit to everyone, so anything that reduces that number is a significant plus.

It’s essential to recognise that it’s not only the employee at risk of redundancy who feels the pressure and stress. Everyone in the business is affected in some way. Think about the managers who have to break the news to their teams, the people leading the consultation process, employee representatives, and the employees who stay on after the redundancies are complete. Supporting all of them is essential.

People often forget that the employees who stay may have had close friendships with some who have left. In the aftermath, they may have to deal with an uncertain future and a changing business. They might be required to take on more duties or be retrained to carry out other tasks. They will need your support through this period of change.

Everyone in the company will have questions, and clear communication is essential. Talk to all your staff regularly. Tell them what’s happening. If they understand what’s going on, they can focus on dealing with it rather than trying to second guess your next actions.

As for the staff who are being made redundant, there are many ways you can support them. You could bring in a counsellor to help them through any mental and emotional effects they are experiencing. Some companies have asked independent financial advisors and mortgage advisors to hold seminars and individual sessions with affected staff.

At Dynamic Recruitment, we offer a job searching service for companies making redundancies. We can tailor these services to your specific requirements, but they include:

Job Market Seminars
You may have long-serving staff who haven’t needed to look for another job in several years. During this time, the process of finding another job has changed massively. We’ll explain how a typical, modern, recruitment process works and prepare them for the highs and lows they’ll experience.

CV Creation
Finding a new job starts with a new CV. From top-level managers to shop floor staff, everyone struggles with their CV. There are massive amounts of information on the internet, but it’s all conflicting. Should it be written in the first or third person? What are the sub-headings? How much detail should an employment history contain? We’ll guide your staff through all of their questions and leave them with a fully functional CV.

Interview Tips
For many people, the job interview is the part they all fear. Most of this anxiety is the fear of the unknown, so we take away that part. We explain how interviews work, the typical formats (e.g. competency-based or biographical) and the best way of approaching them. Our one-to-one interviews allow people to practice their techniques and become familiar with the formats, which gives them a great foundation to work from.

If you’d like to talk to us about how we can support your business, please contact us.


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