6 Reasons you should invest in supporting the staff you are making redundant

Susan Binnersley – Founding Director and Career Coach As an HR professional operating largely in UK manufacturing for over 20 years I have clocked up a vast amount of experience in the field of redundancy management.  I have had people responsibility for several site closures, whole business restructuring to factor in new capabilities and have managed many senior leaders out of businesses, including even my own CEO.  It would be macabre to suggest I take pleasure in this, but what I do pride myself with is that if tough decisions have to be made, then the people affected are treated as individuals, with respect and with support to move on to pastures new.  In all of these situations, I have parted with people on good terms, with a genuine handshake and mutual respect in tact.   For the past 10 years I have had the opportunity to use this experience in a very tangible and constructive way by providing meaningful and bespoke outplacement support and career transition coaching to companies and their employees also going through redundancy and restructuring.   In Newleaf we enable individuals facing redundancy to come to terms with this stressful situation (it’s up there as 1 of 5 of life’s most stressful events).  We support them in exploring what they really want to do next and then offer them honest and pragmatic support to find this new role.   So why should companies, already potentially facing financial hardship, bother to fund this support for their departing employees?  Well – here are 6 good reasons.   It’s morally the right thing to do – if you...

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