How to Cope with Redundancy - Part 1

Posted by: Jo Banks

Date: 30-09-2013

Top tips for dealing with redundancy...

Sadly, it’s pretty much a given that at some point we will have to face redundancy.  Long gone are the days when you could expect to a job for life and yet although we know this to be true, it is still an enormous, often earth shattering shock when it happens to us.

As you know if you read my posts on a regular basis, I have coached hundreds of people who have been facing redundancy and almost everyone goes through the same stages (albeit at differing speeds) of the ‘change curve’.

The change curve explains the series of stages that we go through whenever we experience a major change – that process is the same whether the change is due to grief, loss of a loved one, breakup of a relationship, job loss – the reasons may be different, but the stages are the same.




I use this diagram in my outplacement workshops.  It's important for the delegates to be able to see where they are on the change curve and to know that what they are experienced in terms of their emotions, is completely normal.  Sharing this with teams is great because it helps team members understand where their colleagues are on the curve eabling them to support each other.  There's usually always an air of realisation when I share the curve and almost a sense of relief when people realise that their feelings are completely normal.

It’s also completely normal to move forwards and backwards on the curve from day to day (or hour to hour as some of my clients like to inform me). For example, I had a client who came to me very soon after the announcement that he was at risk and he said, “I know all about the change curve and I’m right over on the ‘Decision’ bit because I’ve applied for a few jobs and I’ve got 2 interviews, so there’s no need to worry about me I’m just fine” The next time I saw him, I thought he was a different person, his physiology had completely changed and he look extremely unhappy. “What’s happened?” I asked, “I thought you were fine!” “I didn’t get the jobs I went for and I’m devastated, in fact I feel worse than devastated because I thought I was sorted, I’m feeling so frustrated and a bit depressed right now.”

Once I reminded him of the change curve and that his feelings were entirely natural, he was quickly able to accept his feelings and he could see that they wouldn't last.  We were then able to put a structured plan in place for the actions he needed to take to find the right job for him.

In summary, facing redundancy is a very difficult but rather inevitable part of life in this day and age.  As long as you can recognise that you will go through a series of emotions as as you pass through different stages, then you are more likely to be able to take control of your future and plan your way through it successfully.

If you (or someone you know) are facing redundancy and would like a free, no obligation conversation about how we can help you through it and find exactly the right job rather than settling for what you think you can get, please do not hesitate to us.

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