What to do if you have been made redundant

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If you aren’t prepared, being made redundant can come as a shock, and it can disrupt your entire life. Everyone relies on their job to make a living, and when this is pulled from under you, it can be incredibly overwhelming and disorienting, especially if you had gotten comfortable in that position.

If you have been made redundant and are unsure what your next steps should be, then follow this guide to help you towards your next success.

1.   Check If It’s Legal

Most people would like to believe that their employers are trustworthy and law-abiding, but unfortunately, this is not the case for all employers. When you have been laid off, the first thing you should do is check your rights and ensure that your employer has the legal right to dismiss you. If it is unlawful, you have a case on your hands.

Lawful Reasons

  • Long-term or short-term illness
  • Underperformance in the workplace – you cannot do your job well
  • Inability to get along with your colleagues
  • They cannot feasibly keep you employed, e.g., the company collapsed

Unlawful Reasons

  • Disability (including some long-term illnesses)
  • Discrimination (ethnicity, class, sexuality, race, age)
  • Pregnancy
  • Joined a trade union
  • No good reason

2.   Contact a Solicitor

Whether you have been made redundant lawfully or unlawfully, it is still in your best interest to contact a redundancy solicitor to advise you on your next steps. Most employers will offer you a severance or settlement package after they dismiss you, but it can be difficult to decipher whether you are getting a good deal or not. A redundancy solicitor will help you to determine whether you have received a good deal or if you should negotiate. If it’s a bad deal or you could do better, they will assist you in settlement agreement negotiations to get the best deal from your previous employer.

3.   Prepare for the Future

No matter if your dismissal is lawful or unlawful, you should prepare for the future and your next role. If you are offered your job back because of unfair dismissal, you should still think twice about the ethics of the company. Depending on your industry, it can be incredibly difficult to land a job offer in today’s saturated job market. However, redundancy solicitors and recruitment agencies can assist you in finding your next role. If you were in your previous role for several years, it could be a challenge to adjust to how job applications work in today’s society, so it would be beneficial to enlist their help.

4.   Stay Positive

At first, redundancy is a huge blow for your self-esteem and your career path. Nevertheless, it provides you with the opportunity to take your career further afield and potentially land a new job that you will love even more than your previous one. It can be difficult to see the positives of being laid off, but it is important that you cling to them to avoid feeling down. Positivity will drive you to your next role.