In the last couple of months I have come across an increase in redundancy situations, both in the public sector and in small, local businesses. In Suffolk, my County Council is committed to divesting the majority of it’s services, and so making thousands of posts redundant.
Good, regular, clear communication is crucial during a redundancy process. Everyone needs to know what is going, when and how. This way the process can be carried out as smoothly as possible and the potential for misunderstandings, which can lead to costly and time-consuming tribunals, is minimised.
Employers need to be clear about the steps that they have to take. If you are an employer, I would strongly recommend that you seek specialised, legal advice from an HR expert. I know a couple of experts that I would be happy to refer you to.
For an overview of the steps you should take, including checklists and timescales, have a look at the guidelines provided by Acas – Acas Redundancy Guidance
This post was written by Charlie Damonsing of CLAssociates. CLAssociates specialises in helping businesses manage stress in the workplace and providing redundancy support, consultancy, training and 1-2-1 support. For further details please contact Charlie on 0771 559 6487.