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Handling small-scale redundancies - A step-by-step guide

Handling small-scale redundancies - Step 7

Focus on the future of your business

Carrying out a redundancy process of any size is a large undertaking for anyone, but it's crucial to remember that, unless you're closing completely, the redundancy process is meant to be the first step in getting your business healthy and back on track.

Try to factor in:

What you have learnt from this process

Some options for how your business might change will have started to take shape early after it became clear your business needed adjustment. Other options could arise from talking to your staff and managers. Remember to explore, develop and act on good suggestions.

Also, remember that you and any managers who helped carry out the redundancy exercise may have picked up skills and experience along the way and particularly in consultation, negotiation and improving efficiency. These skills are transferable and you may be able to use them in both internal and external business relations.

Making the best use of your remaining staff

First and foremost, remember that it's likely your remaining staff are just emerging from a difficult period that may have seen them lose colleagues or be at risk of redundancy themselves. They are likely to be as concerned about the future as you are. Talk to them. Seek their views and suggestions for going forward and you'll likely increase their enthusiasm and morale.

It's also likely that some of your remaining staff will have seen their workloads change. Some may have taken on some responsibilities the redundant staff originally had. Others may have less work to do. Minor adjustments to workloads are likely to be seen as reasonable day-to-day requests, but be careful not to overload staff. Major adjustments are likely to require some variation to staff employment contracts, which requires you to follow a proper process. To find out more, see the Acas Advice leaflet - Varying a contract of employment.

Managing change

Finally, don't forget that while a redundancy situation is likely to be one of the largest examples of managing change you will encounter, change is likely to continue for some time while you get back on track. Understanding what change is and how to handle it can be very valuable. To find out more, see the Acas Advisory booklet - How to manage change.

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