How do we view Redundancy?

Brenda Duffy - 30/09/2015

Can redundancy have a positive outcome? Believe it or not, it can be an opportunity for change and development.


  • The state of being not or no longer needed or useful.
  • The state of being no longer in employment because there is no more work available.
  • The inclusion of extra components which are not strictly necessary to functioning, in case of failure in other components.

Oxford Dictionary 3rd Edition, Aug 2010    

Being faced with the prospect of redundancy brings a lot of mixed emotions; failure, usefulness, resentment, worry, anxiety and much more. It can be a challenging time, personally and professionally, however remaining focused and bringing your key strength to the fore allows one to turn this challenge into a positive career defining opportunity. 

Having committed eight years of my career to a multi-national organisation, as a production and planning manager with one of Europe’s leading off-site construction solutions experts, I was faced with my department being downsized and relocated from our satellite office to HQ, as a tactic to minimize the financial impact of a global recession on the overall structure of the organization. 

Personally I went into a state of disbelief for a period of time, having recently secured a mortgage and in the process of building my new home, an off-site timber solution being fabricated and delivered within two days by the very company that was just making me redundant. The timing couldn’t have been more inappropriate. Mortgage, new house and no job!

what I’ve learned over the last number of years is that with the right attitude and looking upon the situation as a new challenge to be grasped, is that it can open up new doorsI composed myself and began searching for a new role, applying for many positions in varying fields and attending as many interviews, learning from each one. The hard work and effort paid off, I secured a new job in the recruitment industry within the month of my notice and coincidentally eight years later I am still in the recruitment industry. What I’ve learned over the last number of years is that with the right attitude and looking upon the situation as a new challenge to be grasped, is that it can open up new doors. 

Recently I interviewed a candidate faced with this very challenge. Due to restructure and downsizing, their company are now looking for voluntary redundancies, relocation for other staff members with a small number safe in their current roles. This person has decided this is a chance for them to move hopefully into a new industry and new field of employment for them. Something they have considered doing over the years, but never grasped the opportunity to step out of the comfort zone due to the security a familiar employer and routine can offer.

My advice to this candidate was to think first and foremost of who you are and what you want from your career, it will mean upskilling and some further education but these are decisions that will open new doors and bring you closer to a role that you can be passionate about and gain excellent job satisfaction. Sometimes a bold move but one that in most cases you should reap the rewards of. 

So to sum up, if you find yourself in a similar situation, take a moment to step back from it and think about what you want to do next. Make an appointment with a recruitment consultant who can understand your position and who can advise you on the current jobs market, help you get your CV up to date and discuss ways to move forward into a new phase in your career. Contact the team here at La Crème today.

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Senior Recruitment Consultant