It’s not surprising. We all like giving and receiving good news, but difficult conversations are…well…difficult…
Workaround HR have seen and heard a few stories recently of employers taking the ‘easy’ route of texting and emailing their employees to let them know they’re redundant.
Years of service over in less than a day. Can you imagine the shock and anger? So don’t score an own goal and risk your company’s reputation by giving employees good reason to post about their poor experience on social media.
A responsible employer will be implementing a fair redundancy process which includes a period of meaningful consultation – both legal requirements for employees with two or more years continuous service and good practice to apply even if they don’t.
Far better to bite the bullet, and if you can’t meet with employees face-to-face in the current climate, consider video communications, or a telephone call at the very least. Be honest with employees about the impact COVID 19 is having on the business and share with them the efforts you’ve taken to try and safeguard jobs (perhaps you took advantage of the furlough scheme). Explain the plan for your business going forward, who the changes affect and what it may mean in terms of job losses.
If you’re unsure what a fair redundancy process looks like and would like to learn more about consulting and communicating with employees, Workaround HR have got three different packages of support for employers proposing to dismiss less than 20 employees.
- Tap into Talkaround
If you’ve got a plan and want to run it past us, why not give us a ring. At only £1 per minute, it won’t cost the earth to check that you are on the right path.
- Purchase our Redundancy Pack For Small Employers
This pack offers:
- a plan and supporting guidance on how to implement a fair redundancy process; and
- template communications including staff announcements, consultation checklists and redundancy notice letters.
You’ll also get an hour to tap into Talkaround where we’ll spend time exploring your particular circumstances and explain how you can tailor the process and documents to suit them.
This pack has been developed with tight budgets in mind. With a one off cost of £399 plus VAT, you’ll be able to keep costs under control.
- Troubleshoot with Turnaround
We can’t deny this service will cost you more money, but if you’d prefer us to do more of the legwork, we can work with you to develop a bespoke programme. You’ll feel more prepared and in control once you’ve got a plan, communication strategy, consultation timeline and supporting briefing documents, forms and letters tailored to your needs.
You’ll still need to lead and manage the consultation and communication phases of the plan, but however difficult it may feel whilst you’re in it, we’ll be here to support you through the process and help you navigate a safe path out to the other side.
At £90 per hour, this option may be cheap at the price if you don’t have the time to do the thinking and planning and would like a full, hand-held service.