July 16, 2010
Redundancy is nasty – even if it gives you the push you needed to start afresh. Redundancies in an organisation are also nasty for the survivors. They will often have to deal with:
- feeling bad about the people who have been axed – survivor guilt
- losing friends and team members
- bearing the brunt of resentement and bitterness from people who were made redundant
- taking on extra work and responsibility (that formerly had been done by the people who have left)
- uncertainty about the job (what if there are more redundancies in the pipeline?) and a feeling of being trapped and having to be grateful.
OK, so it’s not so bad – they have a job and an income, but it’s no fun for them, either.