Ranked Number One amongst the worst jobs that any manager has to perform is making someone redundant. It is something we all dread having to do especially if it concerns people that we know, like and have worked alongside for many years.
Of course, it is not only difficult for us. It is difficult for the personal being made redundant and also for the members of staff that remain. Very often you witness a series of redundancies in which the worsening in the motivation and productively of the first set of redundancies leads to an inevitable second round and so on as the company spirals downwards into decline.
Redundancy therefore has to be handled with care, empathy, professionalism and above all military precision. It needs to be planned, rehearsed and delivered carefully.
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