Yesterday was a bad day for Australian journalists. If you were hiding under a rock, you might not have heard that Fairfax will cut 1900 jobs over the next three years. You can almost hear the collective sigh as the Fairfax HR team gets started on their redundancy planning.   Redundancies can have some pretty unpleasant impacts – not just on the person involved, but on the workplace as a whole. They can unsettle morale, misshape your carefully crafted workplace culture, and occupy a lot of management time if they’re not handled properly. And there’s always the risk of an…

Yesterday was a bad day for Australian journalists. If you were hiding under a rock, you might not have heard that Fairfax will cut 1900 jobs over the next three years. You can almost hear the collective sigh as the Fairfax HR team gets started on their redundancy planning.

 

Redundancies can have some pretty unpleasant impacts – not just on the person involved, but on the workplace as a whole. They can unsettle morale, misshape your carefully crafted workplace culture, and occupy a lot of management time if they’re not handled properly. And there’s always the risk of an unfair dismissal claim if things really go awry.

 

So, how can you get it right? Here are some pointers:

• Consider all your options. Remember that it’s the role that becomes redundant, not the employee. Have you looked at suitable alternative employment? Consider the employee’s current pay, hours of work, seniority, skills and qualifications.

• Get the legal stuff right. Make sure you’ve checked your obligations and the employee’s entitlements. Ensure you can demonstrate that your company genuinely does not require the job to be done anymore.

• Manage the communication carefully. Think about how you’re going to deliver the news and who is most appropriate to do so. Make sure anyone communicating a redundancy is well prepared for likely reactions. Plan how you’ll announce the redundancies to the rest of your organisation.

• Help the employee with their next step. Ease the employee’s transition to a new role by offering assistance with job hunting or referring them to a career planning consultant.

Recent articles

Managing performance

Next gen managers, seasoned pros: The new age of managing performance

Australians are living longer and working later into their lives. The workforce is increasingly operating as a multigenerational environment. With...
balance of probabilities

Understanding Balance of Probabilities in Workplace Investigations

The more serious the allegation, the more serious consideration should be given by the decision maker, writes John Boardman, Director...
Remote or isolated work

The impact of poor support on remote and isolated workers: Summary of the webinar

Remote and isolated work encompasses more than just working in a home setting; it taps into the narrative of employees...
Reasonable management.

What isn’t Workplace Bullying? Reasonable Management.

Article updated on 15 April 2024 [Originally published in 2017] Workplace bullying is an organisational problem. It can happen in...