No doubt, we are going to hear about more redundancies over the coming weeks and months. My hope is that companies provide the individuals delivering those messages with the appropriate training and support before they are required to have those conversations. No companies want to make their workforce redundant. However, if there is no other option, then at the very least it needs to be handled with empathy and compassion in mind. Having to tell someone that they are going to lose their job is not easy. I have seen experienced managers freeze mid-conversation because of the psychological impact it can have.
- What transferable skills do you have that could be applied to industries that have not been hit as hard?
- Identify the gaps that you have in your skillset and try to plug these through self-learning or opportunities that develop your experience.
- Study and add new strings to your bow that will make you stand out – do not wait for something to happen.
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*Published 23 March 2021: https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peoplenotinwork/unemployment