Covid 19 has dealt a significant blow to many organisations’ plans for their immediate future. Instead of expanding, they’re reducing their workforce to match decreased revenue streams.
And while ‘sticklers’ are keen to point out that you make roles redundant, not people, the true impact is on loyal, living, breathing, rent-paying, family-providing-for people, NOT the roles they occupy.
How organisations handle this reduction process is important for departing employees – but crucial for those remaining. Employees who stay can be prone to ‘survivor’ syndrome (why did they go, and I stayed?) while also worrying they might be next.
You can’t eliminate every issue but treat leavers fairly, make the process visible to your existing employees and the anxiety will diminish, leaving a more engaged and motivated workforce, driving your business forward.