HRwisdom recently asked one of its contributors, Jaqui Alder, what was her advice for businesses having to make employees redundant?

Jacqui Alder is a consultant with extensive and diverse experience across Human Resources, change management, organisational development and industrial relations.

Jacqui’s experience has been gained across a variety of industry sectors including:

  • Resources
  • Manufacturing
  • Transport
  • Government
  • Defence

Jacqui has had significant achievements across a range of areas, with projects including:

  • Organisational change
  • Culture change
  • Organisational redesign
  • Systems implementation
  • Workforce reform
  • Cost improvement

We asked Jacqui to share her expertise in different aspects of the difficult process of managing redundancies in the workplace.

In Part 1 of the redundancies interview, we will take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of offering voluntary redundancies versus conducting forced or involuntary redundancies.

Later, we look at other important aspects such as:

  • What are the steps involved in the redundacy process?
  • How to select people for involuntary redundancy?
  • How to communicate throughout the redundancy process?
  • Should you march someone out immediately when making them redundant?
  • How can you implement redundancies without destroying all employee goodwill?
  • A case study.

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Before We Get Started . . .

The following resource may help you build manage redundancies.

HRwisdom Library (see the termination & redundancy section)


Part 1. How To Manage The Redundancy Process

Click on the link below to listen to this section of the interview with Jacqui Alder. The link will open the audio recording of the interview (it may take a few moments to load) and the recording will then start playing.

This section of the interview runs for just under 8 minutes. You may wish to take notes.

Click here: Play Redundancy Interview Part 2


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Next Steps . . .

The following will help you manage staff during these difficult times.

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