Facing a redundancy?
I know what that’s like. It is not a good feeling (even when you put your hand up for a ‘voluntary’ separation package). We have egos whether we like it or not and I think at some level we are wondering how the organisation can possibly do without us. Facing redundancy can threaten our sense of confidence and security. We can also feel anxious, angry, relieved or even excited.
So here are some tips from my experience and from coaching others through redundancy:
- If you can afford it, take a break or holiday. For me, it is always a break without technology. My ‘go to’ place is a health camp in the Gold Coast Hinterland. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea but I love it because I cannot drink wine and there is no telephone reception, internet or TV. It’s the only place I truly turn off. There are many places like this where you can really turn off from the outside world and tune into you. If that’s not for you, take a holiday of your choosing – just get away from your previous routines and habits.
- Remember that feeling hurt or angry or a whole host of other emotions is perfectly normal. Allow yourself the time to process your feelings. Sometimes that means feeling them (e.g. having a good cry) and sometimes it means reappraising your thoughts (often with outside help).
- Before you start applying for jobs, undertake a couple of activities to get clear on what you really want. For example:
- Complete a personal values activity (email me for a free template).
- Update your resume or create a brand new one.
- Write a list of the characteristics of your next role – rather than a job title, list the things you’ll enjoy doing or how you want to feel (for example, do you want to manage a budget, have autonomy, manage staff, work alone or as part of a team).
- Don’t rush to a decision. This is the one of the best pieces of advice I received. Many people need to get a job and work again fairly quickly, but hopefully you’ve received enough of a payout to have some thinking and reflecting time.
- Update your professional social media (like LinkedIn) to indicate that you’re ready for a new challenge.
- Talk to trusted friends, colleagues or even a professional like a career consultant or a coach.
- Take advantage of any services being provided by your current employer – don’t be proud. Show up and learn what you can about creating a new resume or using LinkedIn or accessing the counselling services. It all helps.
- Remember that the world is small and even if you have not been treated as you would like, never speak ill of anyone you work/ed with or the organisation – it only reflects badly on you.
- My final piece of advice is not to take everyone’s advice (even mine). People will provide unsolicited advice from a well-meaning place. I suggest saying thank you for anything that is offered and then decide what works for you. You need to be able to trust yourself first and foremost.
A coach can be helpful not only in supporting you to see a way forward but also in managing the emotions we face during redundancy.
Once you’ve healed the wounds, you will be bouncing and ready to get back to something even better. It might be a new job, your own business, or something else all together. This is when a career consultant could be beneficial – let me know you if you’d like a referral.
Here’s to your next step!