If you make someone redundant you must explain the situation to your employees!
I’m getting really annoyed with candidates calling us looking for a new job because their employer “just made someone redundant”.
It goes something like this, “I’m worried about myself so I thought I’d look around and see what’s out there.”
My response goes something like this:
- Firstly it is the POSITION that is made redundant, NOT THE PERSON. If you don’t need a job done because of decreased demand, or improvements in technology or you have found a better way to serve your customers, then tell your staff. It’s not personal, it’s just business.
- Secondly, if you want your company to survive and prosper your employees need to put your best interests first, NOT Ask them what else they can do to help rather than look for another job.
- Thirdly, how impressive do you think it looks on a person’s’ resume to have “POSITION MADE REDUNDANT” as their reason for leaving? Does it display their resourcefulness and initiative as a dedicated employee? Not likely!
- Finally, if they expect you to take full responsibility for their career, their income and their welfare, THEY ARE KIDDING THEMSELVES, and you should tell them that!
It’s important to make sure your employees know how crucial they are to your business and that their loyalty keeps your doors open!
Businesses survive and grow based on people working together in the best interests of the company and the customers, NOT THEMSELVES.
Time to have the loyalty talk. Keep the communication flowing!