Facing redundancy

Published: 09 Mar 2015 By Suzie Larcombe

Redundancy for some is a big black cloud and for others it’s very much a golden opportunity.  Irrespective of whether you are facing a long awaited redundancy that means an escape from a job with a healthy pay-off or your redundancy is unexpected and isn’t going to be the financial nirvana you’d hoped for, you owe it to yourself to make the whole experience as positive as you possibly can.

Worry, frustration, fear and rejection are common responses to the news of redundancy but like most things in life, there is a way of looking at that apparently half-empty glass and seeing it half-full.  So what can you do to turn a redundancy situation around for yourself?

  1. Get yourself in shape. In the ideal world we’d all be in tip-top shape all the time, but life often takes its toll and we find ourselves eating badly, suffering disturbed sleep patterns and not getting enough exercise.  Ironically, when we’re facing stressful situations, bad habits have a tendency to raise their ugly heads more often than good ones.  If you’re facing redundancy, it’s time to make sure you’re in good shape mentally and physically.  Eating your five a day; cutting down on alcohol and stimulants like coffee as well as getting enough sleep and exercise will help make sure you’re a force to be reckoned with when it comes to securing your next dream job.

  2. Make sure you’re getting the deal you’re entitled to. One thing that’s worth doing early on in your redundancy experience is seeking advice to make sure the deal that your employer has put on the table is fair and you’re not missing out on anything you might be entitled to.  While we can all be a bit shy when it comes to fighting our own financial corner, redundancy isn’t a time to hide your light under a bushel.  If you are a member of a union, call on their services to give you the support you need, and failing that the Citizens Advice Bureau should be able to help.

  3. Try to look on it as an opportunity. Even if you were neither expecting nor wanting to be made redundant, if it’s happening, there’s usually little you can do about it.  It’s for this reason that the best way to look redundancy in the eye is with optimism in your heart.  While the timing mightn’t be perfect, with the right frame of mind and the right approach, you could turn this threat into a real opportunity; so do try to look at it differently.

  4. Get your finances in shape. The financial impact that being made redundant will have on you and your loved ones will depend to a large extent on the settlement you receive.  That said, no matter how chunky your settlement may seem; lump sums of cash don’t last forever, so remember to be thrifty.  If your settlement is on the light side, take time to look at your finances to see where you can make economies and where regular payments could perhaps be frozen for a period to take the pressure off.  The most important thing here is not to bury your head in the sand and let debts build up and take you by surprise. 

  5. Communicate with those around you. Redundancy affects more people than the person who has actually lost their job.  Husbands, wives, parents and children feel the effects of redundancy and often worry about what will happen or how the person who has been made redundant will react.  Communicating openly and honestly with the people close to you will help you and your loved ones deal better with this challenging time.

  6. Deal with your emotions. Grief, fear, worry, excitement, denial, acceptance, anger, depression and delight are all emotions that might raise their heads in response to redundancy.  Burying emotions is rarely a good idea and is in fact a really bad idea when it comes to dealing with redundancy.  Don’t be afraid to seek professional support if you’re feeling depressed or in need of impartial guidance. 

  7. Know where you want to go next. Being made redundant is a great push for people who have found themselves trapped in their job.  Not wanting to jump, but happy to be pushed, people springboard from redundancy to take up new careers, new passions and make fabulous futures for themselves.  If you know where you want to go next, don’t be afraid to take the bull by the horns, but if you don’t know, it’s time to find out and get the wheels in motion for your transition.

  8. Prepare for your next move. Being ready to take on a new challenge calls for preparation.  Things like getting your CV up to date and planning your attack for interviews are essential at this time.  Thereafter it’s a case of sniffing out every opportunity that’s available to you and going after it with all your might (but not in a job-junky way).

  9. Take advantage of any/all help that’s on offer. There is tons of help available to people who are being or have been made redundant.  That help may come from employers, job clubs or from government organisations, but if you’re not aware of the help that is available to you, you’re missing out.  So make sure you know what help you’re entitled to and make sure you sniff it out quickly and take it.

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