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Providing support for those affected by redundancy
Giving notice can be stressful for both the manager and the affected employees, particularly if they have worked together for many years.

Some employees react badly to news of redundancy, especially if it is not handled well. If you have large numbers of employees affected, train your managers to deal with the situation sympathetically.

The immediate concern is going to be the fair and sensitive treatment of those employees about to lose their jobs.

Consider providing outplacement help to those leaving. It could include CV writing, hints on applying for new jobs and interview practice.

Employers must allow employees to take a reasonable amount of paid time off work to look for work/attend interviews etc. during their final notice period.

Such support will be a good signal to the surviving employees. They may be de-motivated and unsettled about the changes and will need reassurance about the future if they are to remain productive.

If you need advice on any aspect of the redundancy process, please contact Helen Astill on 01684 594773 or at helen@cheringtonhr.com.
Posted on 19 Nov 2016


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