Dealing with redundancy

Redundancy isn’t usually welcome, but it is something that happens to many of us during our working lives. However, it is not necessarily a negative situation to be in; many people have used it as an opportunity for positive change in their lives and careers. What is important is how you react to a situation which is not of your making.

Redundancies can be caused by any number of situations: falling profits, lack of trade or orders, increased competition, advances in technology, changes in legislation, even poor management are just a few of the many causes.

Remember, though, employers and companies don’t like making anyone redundant. It could mean that they, too, will become redundant.

Employees, however, have varying degrees of protection to help them overcome being made redundant. If you had resigned or given notice, that protection would not necessarily have been there.

This page will provide you with guidance in dealing with your situation.

Do’s and don’ts

Being made redundant can be a shock but try not to rush into any hasty decisions. These pointers can help you get into the right frame of mind to deal with things:


keep calm
stay positive, see redundancy as an opportunity for change focus on moving on, rather than looking back
take stock of your situation and look at your options get advice from professional advisers talk to your friends and family.


take it personally – in reality, the job has been made redundant, not you
get too down about yourself – most people face redundancy sometime
panic, don’t make rash decisions
feel negatively about the company that made you redundant.
One thing is certain: it’s a time of change. Many of us find change a bit unsettling, but remember that it can also be for the better.

National Careers Service

Posted on October 10, 2014 in Career Advice