Redundancy: spare a thought for the survivors…

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.

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