ANNOUNCING REDUNDANCIES & MANAGING COMMUNICATIONS
Sadly, making redundancies can be a necessary and unavoidable part of owning or managing a business. This is particularly the case at the moment given the huge challenges arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. These decisions are never easy ones to make, and managing the fallout can be extremely challenging.
SERVICES WE OFFER
At Alder, we offer several specialist crisis management services to businesses, business owners, CEOs, directors and board members, including:
Media handling advice
We will bring consistency to your communications to avoid confusion and give clarity to those impacted by providing statements, Q&As and lines to take.
Social media monitoring
Virtual press office
We can set up a rapid-response press office to act as a firewall between you and the media during this challenging time.
Crisis planning and training
MANAGING REDUNDANCY IN THE CONTEXT OF ORGANISATIONAL CHANGE
Within any business, it’s likely that the prospect of redundancies will need to be made discreetly within a number of departments in the first instance – such as your HR department. However any communication can be the source of a leak, and we are continuously seeing the negative impact an information leak or redundancy rumour can have on a business.
It’s not uncommon to turn on the news or open a newspaper to read a report of ‘suspected’ or ‘anticipated’ redundancies to be announced by a business. In fact, it’s all too common to see a filmed employee commenting on ‘only finding out on the news’ that they would be made redundant or that their job was at risk, and that they had not heard from the company in question whatsoever.
This is exactly why it is so important to manage these announcements and have a clear plan in place to ensure that they are effectively communicated at all levels. Ultimately, this can mitigate the risk of additional reputational damage but importantly, help you to deliver the news of redundancy in a respectful and courteous way to those affected.