Signs You May be Facing Redundancy

Signs You May be Facing Redundancy

Signs you may be facing redundancy in the near future

If you are made redundant, it may take several months or more to find a new role. There may therefore be advantages to being able to anticipate your redundancy, so you can start looking for a job earlier. By the time you are invited to hear a ‘major company announcement’, or you walk in to a one-to-one meeting with your manager to find that a human resources representative is also present, it may be too late.

Some signs that redundancy may be in the offing include:

  • THE OFFICE ATMOSPHERE BECOMES LESS RELAXED
  • MANAGEMENT START SPENDING MORE TIME IN LONG MEETINGS
  • YOU START SEEING VERY SENIOR MANAGERS AND/OR HUMAN RESOURCES REPRESENTATIVES AROUND THE OFFICE MUCH MORE THAN USUAL
  • BUSINESS REVENUES FALL
  • THE PHONE STOPS RINGING, AS FEWER PEOPLE ENQUIRE ABOUT YOUR COMPANY’S GOODS OR SERVICES
  • THE COMPANY STARTS MAKING ALL SORTS OF COST SAVINGS, EVEN IF THEY SAVE RELATIVELY SMALL AMOUNTS OF MONEY. EXAMPLES COULD BE HOLDING FEWER SOCIAL EVENTS, NOT ORDERING NEW STATIONERY UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE AND SUDDENLY BECOMING EVERY HOT ON THE ISSUE OF ENERGY SAVING (SWITCHING OFF LIGHTS, COMPUTERS ETC.)
  • YOU GET THE FEELING YOUR WORK IS BEING MONITORED MORE CLOSELY, OR MANAGEMENT ARE MUCH MORE WILLING TO CRITICISE YOUR PERFORMANCE
  • YOU STOP FINDING OUT ABOUT COMPANY NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS
  • TEAMS AND PROCEDURES ARE CONSTANTLY BEING RE-ORGANISED
  • RECRUITMENT IS CUT BACK OR IS STOPPED ALTOGETHER
  • PAY INCREASES ARE REDUCED, OR PAY IS FROZEN ALTOGETHER
  • EXPENSES CLAIMS ARE SUDDENLY SCRUTINISED MUCH MORE CLOSELY
  • YOU HEAR OF OTHER COMPANIES IN THE SAME SECTOR LAYING OFF STAFF

If the redundancies involve closing your entire business area, then there may be little you can do. However, the planned changes may mean some roles are retained and others are scrapped. So if you sense redundancy is likely, the following strategies may help you retain your job:

  • START PAYING EXTRA ATTENTION TO THE SERVICE YOU PROVIDE TO CLIENTS AND COLLEAGUES
  • ASK ABOUT TAKING ON ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
  • ASK ABOUT TAKING ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS OR UNDERGOING ADDITIONAL TRAINING –  EVEN IF THE COMPANY’S SITUATION MEANS IT CANNOT AFFORD TO PAY FOR YOU TO TAKE AN EXAM, THIS STILL DEMONSTRATES AMBITION
  • MAINTAIN A PROFESSIONAL AND BUSINESSLIKE APPEARANCE AND MANNER AT ALL TIMES
  • MAKE SURE MANAGEMENT KNOW ABOUT YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS

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