Redundancy is difficult. Difficult for those who are let go, and difficult for the ‘survivors’. For those of you who stayed behind when others were made redundant, it can leave you asking ‘why me?’ and ‘will I be next?’ Some call it ‘survivor guilt’.
How can you maintain your focus and productivity while dealing with uncertainty and survivor guilt? There are two helpful strategies that I recommend:
- Look after yourself. The things that matter the most and make the biggest difference are the things we do every day – not what we do occasionally. Manage your self care and productivity. Eat well, sleep well, meditate or have quiet time, prioritise well, know what your values are and your top 3 priorities at any point in time. Do the best job that you can rather than worrying about what may or may not happen in the future.
- Keep an eye out for your colleagues. If someone is normally bubbly and outgoing and they are suddenly quiet and withdrawn, they may need some help. It also works the other way, someone who is usually reserved might start acting out and that can be a sign that they are out of their comfort zone or struggling with the change. Check in with them and see if they need support or refer them to your employee assistance program or to the HR department.
This post is not intended to be advice – it is just a reminder to look out for yourself and others. Please seek professional support during redundancy. If your company doesn’t provide it, seek out career coaching, counselling or whatever it is you need. Call me for a referral to a career coach.
If you’re a manager in an organisation that has been through redundancy, please increase your communication. The main thing that you can do is stay in touch with your people and keep an eye on them. To rebuild your culture, you need transparency as a starting point.