Managing redundancy

The news of impending redundancies invariably comes as a shock, even when employees know the organisation is facing problems. Once the initial shock has subsided, there can be a number of emotional responses ranging from devastation to welcome.

It is important to remember that managing redundancy is not a single announcement: there is a large amount of both preparation and follow-up work to do (see diagram below). Good handling of the announcement and subsequent processes is appreciated and adds to your employer brand.