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Would you go for Redundancy or Redeployment?

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In a bid to help employers cope with the current economic crisis, ACAS and the CIPD have recently published a guidance note ‘How to manage your workforce in a recession’.

The document gives a lot of advice, including the need to think about the future. Although we don’t know when the markets will recover, we do know that they will eventually. Where does that leave employers that have made mass redundancies? Making people redundant and recruiting again later when the market picks up is expensive. And if you have to recruit, you also have to train, which will take up valuable time that you can ill-afford to lose.

We talked the other day about adopting a shorter working week as an alternative to redundancies. Another alternative is to take this time to retrain existing employees. If their skills are no longer in demand, provide training and redeploy them to other parts of the organisation where their skills will be in demand. This approach makes a lot of sense because when the market picks up again, you’ll have a ready trained workforce all set to go.

Surviving the recession and still coming out smiling at the end will require a lot of forward thinking. Companies that have had the foresight to prepare for the future are likely to have a head start when the crisis is over.

What advantages, or disadvantages, can you foresee for companies adopting this approach? Would you consider training for a different role within your current company if it meant you remained in employment?

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Starting A New Job

Starting A New Job

Career Development – Starting A New Job

Starting a new job – congratulations – you did your homework, prepared well and starting a new jobwowed the interviewing panel. You have what you wanted and you are about to start in a new position. So what will you do now to make this a success?

Making the perfect start in your new organization

What are those special things that you can do to make sure things turn out well?

Here are some tips;

  1. Make sure you get to know who really counts in your new workplace. Who are the key decision makers? Make sure you know who needs to be kept on board. Remember, there will be people of influence at all levels in your organisation and courtesy to all is going to make a good impression.
  2. Learn the culture of your new organization. Make sure you find out quickly how things get done. Every organization has its own particular style and language. Take time to find out what goes where you are now. How will your personality and approach best fit in best. Be prepared to adapt.
  3. Work out for yourself some short-term objectives and then work towards them – in due course make sure you agree at least the overall of objectives for your role with your new boss. Make sure you understand how your performance will be judges.
  4. Build up your connections and a new network of contacts, for example, colleagues, suppliers and customers; both within the organization and outside it. Build good relationships with all from your first day.
  5. On that first day, arrive in good time. Dress for success in the style of your new organisation. Polish those shoes. Make sure clothes are clean and well pressed.
  6. Now take a deep breath, put a smile on your face and do well!

Getting ahead in your new job

Once you have made a start, it is time to plan for the future!

  1. Find out how appraisals are carried out and explore the training and experience opportunities and make sure that you t. Does your organization have a career development program that you can join?
  2. Continue to nurture your network of contacts. Remember networks depend on reciprocity – what do you have to offer others.
  3. Think about how you can consolidate your position and make a real contribution to your organisation.
  4. Then don’t wait till it is time to prepare for a move to think about what might come next.
Wendy Smith, Career, life and Business Coach
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