Most of the time, when your job is being made redundant, it’s nothing personal. It isn’t a reflection of you, or your abilities. And you certainly aren’t being made redundant – your job is!
Typical reasons for redundancy include:
- The job you were hired to do no longer exists
- The funding for your temporary job / project has ended
- New or improved tech has made your job unnecessary
- Your employer needs to reduce costs
- The business is closing down or relocating
- The business has been bought by another company
Jobs are chosen to be made redundant, not people. So when you get the news, the reasons will be clearly explained to you. If they’re not, then ask!
There will also be an appeals procedure in place in case you disagree with the decision or think you’ve been unfairly selected.
It’s important you ensure that you’ve not been unfairly discriminated against in any way. Redundancy is when an employer reduces their workforce because a job or jobs are no longer needed. However, if you lose your job and they get someone in to fill it that isn’t a redundancy.
If you’re unsure, it’s always best to seek information from your HR department and where applicable, an external legal professional.
What comes next?
When life gives you lemons and all that…
I understand that being given the news that your job is going to become redundant can be a little distressing, but it can also be viewed as an opportunity. Is lemonade really the only option here?
If you’ve been delivered the news that means it’s time to move on, check out my top tips to you reframe your redundancy.