Redundancy Survivors

by Rus Slater

Self help for survivors

If you are looking at this topic, you are probably a manager wanting to find ways to manage the survivors of downsizing.

But the likelihood is that you are also a survivor, so you may well need to do a bit of self-diagnosis and self help along the way.

Thriving in a declining workplace can be a challenge. Organisational psychologist and author of Charging Back up the Hill: Workforce Recovery after Mergers, Acquisitions and Downsizing, Mitchell Marks, offers this advice:

  • Find someone to talk to about your feelings, such as a trusted friend, your spouse, a family member or your company’s employee assistance programme, if they have one
  • Remember that the redundancies weren’t your fault
  • Accept that feelings of anger, depression and guilt are not abnormal
  • Be proactive about managing your workload – don’t wait for your boss to come to you; instead, sit down and say, ‘I’m now doing the work of three people. What are my priorities?’
  • Start thinking of your own career. Use your current position to prepare you for the next one. Get new training, intentionally learn from the experiences you are having. Build your skills and credentials. This is a chance to rethink your career. Maybe you can use your employer to become more marketable.