It is never easy to be making people redundant (or to be made redundant) but December and January seem to be the worst time of all.
Is it better to
Whatever you do it won’t be right for someone.
We have seen some interesting ways of handling this. From asking Santa to give out P45s, to finding the boss sobbing in the photocopy room – we have seen a lot of Christmas woe over the years.
Here are our top tips for a difficult subject.
If you can’t stomach this and really cannot face this until the New Year – at least tell people there will be budget cuts first thing in the New Year – and do not rush things when they get back on the grounds that you have waited long enough. People still need the same amount of consultation and consideration in January!
People will remember how you dealt with them, long after your budget problems are history. Remember, redundancy is about life, not just about Christmas.
If you are at risk of being made redundant over Christmas, here is a free download about your rights and entitlement to redundancy pay – click here.
If you are worried about making people redundant at Christmas (or after Christmas) talk to us
We founded Irenicon in 1980 to help employers make employment law work for them. We were always a mixed disciplinary practice – something quite revolutionary at the time. Over the years we have worked with some wonderful organisations, pushing the boundaries of how employment law can really be made to work without restricting the flow of the organisation.