Pertinent Questions to ask - "at risk of redundancy"

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  1. Mr Incredible

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    Got a "first consultation" meeting arrange with (new) line manager and HR. :(

    What searching questions should one ask to ensure one is not be shafted without the use of vaseline?!
     
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    No idea - all the best though
     
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    What outcome do you want? Do you want to keep your job or do you have 30 years service and therefore a large settlement coming if you take redundency?
     
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    Is there any options for redeployment into a different role/different division?
    What is the redundancy package. Is it enhanced in anyway?
    Is there an option to take voluntary at an enhanced rate?
    What time off are you allowed to look for alternative employment?
    Will you be allowed to take time off for interview without losing holiday?
    Can you take VR and then be kept on as a contractor?
    Why has the MD got a brand new Aston Martin/Ferrari/yacht whilst the rest of us dumb fudgers get royally shafted.
    'Oh, so you come in as a new line manager, are you at risk also?'
     
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    First thing to remember: take it slowly, don't panic.

    I've been made redundant 3 times, always got a payoff, always had a month or two of "working", always got a new job at the end of it. Others, the moment the company says redundancies jump ship immediately thinking they must get a new job ASAP. All that happens is the company saves a fortune on payoffs.

    Typically though, the questions to ask are: can I have time off to job-hunt, will the company help me find a new job, how much payment is coming and how long notice will there be. If there's a lot of you going, they will have to "consult" you all and the statutory time for that IIRC is 3 months - or in my old case, 3 days of telling us, 2.7 months of sitting around going down the pub a little too much. TBH it was brilliant.
     
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    I agree with this. My wife was made redundant a year or so back with another member of her team. The other team member left to another job with no payout. My wife got 3 months additional pay AND had orchestrated a new job to coincide with leaving. Both had been employed for less than 2 years.
     
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    If I am selected I expect statutory minimum. Near enough 4 years service. I'm 60. So stay is preference!

    1. Potentially but I suspect the decision has been made already.
    2. Not known yet, but suspect statutory.
    3. Doubt it.
    4. Not known, but if after the consultation period I am selected, I expect they will allow me time off, assuming I am not on gardening leave.
    5. No. They're averse to contractors, and besides, the job doesn't lend itself to that.
    6. LOL
    7. Well, he did say he "inherited" the situation. Ironic that the former boss leaves at the end of the week. I wonder why?


    Last time I went through it was in 2002. I'm sure things have changed since then. Looking back to that time, I was too late to see the signs what was about to happen, and even then it was clear I'd pee'd off my divisional director and he wanted rid. The lengths they went to with fake "disciplinary" procedures, changing job titles of people so they would be included in the "at risk" group, scoring criteria that favoured the new guys etc.

    Was hoping to get some insight into what is reasonable to ask (in case they find something).
     
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    As some of the answers you gave are not definites then I would be asking these in your consultation. 6 and 7 are optional. But fudge it. You're on your way out anyway so what have you got to lose? People say they 'inherit' situations like this so they don't come across as the bad guy. If he's not happy with that then suggest to him he leaves so the rest of you can stay on.

    Good luck though anyway.
     
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    When I was "at risk of redundancy", it became quite clear that they had already made their mind up to out me. I didn't take it lying down though, and put up a fight for the hell of it!
     
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    Near enough 4 years service. I'm 60. So stay is preference

    The decision is probably already made. Been on both sides of that decision. If you want to stay make sure you mention your age is against you finding another job. They stil have to be careful of ageism, sexism, religionism ok don't think that is a real word but I guess you know where I am coming from....
     
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    If it's a definite, then ask for garden leave. I once got 6 months paid garden leave prior to copping a nice payout at the end of it. If they say no, go sick with stress, tell your doc you are being made redundant and can't face the world, they will sign you off no worries. Nothing they can do once you are signed off.
     
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