Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:20 am
This is my personal experience of the redundancy process after 22 years working for one of the UK's largest blue-chip companies, I mention that because I presume that means they followed the process to the letter.
Firstly there were no problems with either my performance of my job or the companies businessfinancial performance.
I had been in a home working role for 15 years, so I was in the routine of regular meetings (6-8weeks) with my line manager to review business and personal performance.
I attended one such meeting, meeting the manager at a hotel (quite normal), on meeting the manager in the foyer he said, "just to let you know XXX will be sitting in on today's meeting, it's nothing to worry about" (where XXX was the HR manager).
We sat down in a meeting room, spent a few minutes exchanging the usual social pleasantries. My manager then said "we've got something we want to talk about today, but before we start, I'd like you to take a look at this", at which point he slid his laptop in front of me and hit the play button to begin a PowerPoint presentation.
What followed was a review of the UK business management team (of which I was a long-standing member). Within a couple of minutes, I realised that the management team was being reorganised, I also noted that my job title didn't appear anywhere in the presentation. And that is how I learned about my redundancy. This was the meeting that effectively started the consultation process.
This was a complete bolt from the blue, until the PowerPoint started rolling I had no idea my future was about to change. However, I knew I was sitting on secure redundancy terms (our business unit had been subject to a TUPE transfer just a couple of years previously so we were all well acquainted with our t's & c's).
I took the redundancy money, paid off the mortgage and started a new way of life, my own Ltd company started 7 years ago, I'd be the first person to admit that redundancy may not always result in such a happy ending. But the process started with a hijacked meeting with me on my own.