When you’re made redundant it’s easy to feel like you’ve lost control of your life… And this is the most important time to take it back. We explain how to get back on top of things. So, it’s happened. The thing that every employee in the UK dreads – you have been made redundant.
You’re likely to be feeling a lot of emotions now – sadness, anger, hopelessness. However, it’s important that you don’t sink into depression. Make sure you know your rights and what benefits you’re entitled to and then get ready to kick-start your job hunt.
What is redundancy?
Redundancy is when an employer reduces their workforce because a job or jobs are no longer required. This has been – sadly – common during the recession and economic downturn as businesses have had to scale right back.
However, if they then hire someone to replace you after being made redundant, this is illegal and you could file for wrongful or unfair dismissal…
When you’ve been made redundant, it’s important that you don’t feel too embarrassed or ashamed to talk to people close to you. Chances are, other people will have been made redundant too and by networking you may all be able to help each other…
Right, you’ve been made redundant and now you need to crack on and sort out your life admin. Think finances and finding a new job. The sooner you get on top of it all, the sooner you will be back in control of your life.
Redundancy and the law
Redundancy is a very tricky legal situation and it’s important that you fully understand the law and your rights. If your employer hasn’t followed all of the necessary legal processes, then you can sue for unfair dismissal.
Have you been paid all that you’re owed? Some people are owed redundancy pay on top of their notice pay… Find out if you’re owed money – and how much!
When a company announces mass redundancies, sometimes you’re given the opportunity to be made redundant voluntarily, which can work to your advantage.
It’s important that you include that you were made redundant if you have a gap. Employers understand that this isn’t a reflection on you and it’s better than leaving them guessing.
Find a job!
Now it’s time to help you look for a new job. Something we specialize in helping with because we’ve been through it ourselves – many times! Yet, how about exploring your passions and how you could turn those into the job of your dreams, or divert into a completely new direction. Try out our free resources for getting started at https://lesley-strachan-consulting-training.com/free-resources/
or book a free 30 minute session to discuss how you are going to get from where you are to where you want to be.