Job extinction €“ the five warning signs of redundancy

Sunday 14 July, 2013
Image Image source: The Projects Company It's never a good feeling when the letter appears on your desk. Staffing cuts and positions being made redundant happen frequently in workplaces, particularly in industries where technology has taken over many of the manual job roles or, where there has been a drop in the demand of a service or product. Being made redundant is often unexpected and can make an employee feel unworthy, under appreciated and financially stressed. It's good to know, or at least, be aware of the signs that your position may be on the chopping board. Here are five of the main warning signs: 1. The industry in which you work is struggling. There are certain employees who will always be in demand (nurses, teachers, wait staff, electricians and engineers) and we hear about the demand for skilled workers in these industries on a daily basis. We also hear about the industries where more firing is being done than hiring (print journalism, travel agencies, appliance repair, and private banks). It's a good warning sign that if the industry you're employed in is struggling that eventually, the business may begin to cut staff, restructure or make positions redundant as a way of remaining alive and competitive. 2. There are empty desks and they stay this way ... permanently. A healthy business can't afford to leave desks empty. If the business in which you are working doesn't replace the staff that leave then it's a good sign it's because they can't afford to. 3. You ask for more work but nothing comes your way. Normally, a busy employee has a healthy back-log of jobs and tasks to do. If you're waiting for hours, days, weeks or months in between projects and tasks than chances are, there's not too many to share around. 4. Specific divisions are closing down, one by one. A company will often wipe out whole divisions which are seen as unnecessary in order to remain on the business market. They downsize so much that they are left with the core and backbone of the business. If someone else in another department could do your job then this is a warning sign that you may be facing a similar axing. 5. What are other employees saying? Listen around to what everyone else is saying. Not all rumors of redundancies are true but someone may have been told about a possible restructure within the company. Unfortunately, unless you think you have been unfairly dismissed, there's not much an employee can do if they're made redundant. Ensuring that you have the skills and knowledge which would be difficult for a business to operate without is an important step in semi-guaranteeing that you'll keep your job. Otherwise, try not to take redundancy too personally. More often than not, it's a business's way of ensuring their success and for the majority of times, your employer should be more than happy to refer you to another company or write a reference for you. Have you been made redundant? What industry were you working in? Let OneShift know.
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