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61 AND REDUNDANT

"I therefore have to regretfully inform you that the role of Core Systems Support Specialist has been identified as potentially not been required."

The First Meeting February 25th 2020 (Pre Coronavirus)

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The Redundancy Consultation

In order to affect the proposed changes in Technology, I have revised the operating model and as a result, I am looking to potentially combine all 1st and 2nd line support into existing 1st/2nd Line Support Specialist role in order to maximise efficiency and ensure a consistent support approach. I therefore have to regretfully inform you that the role of Core Systems Support Specialist has been identified as potentially not been required in the new structure. Under our proposals, all if the 1st/2nd Line Support Specialists would provide support as part of their role.

Alternative Employment

There is a vacant 1st/2nd Line Systems Support Specialist role currently within the Support Team that has been ring fenced for you. The salary for the role is (half your salary) per annum which is significantly less than your current role. The role would be office based and on call. Due to the significant reduction in salary and the change to ways of working, you are not obligated to accept the offer of this role.

The Second Meeting March 11th 2020

Presented with the Ring Fenced Role Job Specifications.
The statutory redundancy payment was explained.

Redundancy

If after consultation has closed, you confirm that you do not wish to be considered for any vacant role; redundancy will be confirmed as the outcome on Friday 13th March 2020. You will be given formal notice of redundancy on Thursday March 26th 2020 and this will be your last day in the office. If you decide to express an interest for a vacant role other than the one we have proposed to slot you into, you will be advised of the outcome on Friday 20th March 2020. If you are unsuccessful with any expression of interest or decide not to accept the proposed slot in role, redundancy notice will be served on Thursday 26th March 2020 and this will be your last day in the office.

And That Was That.......

9 years of working for a company, travelling 3 hours a day to and from work, enjoying the office banter, working with friends and workmates gone after one meeting. Financial security gone. All in the middle of a global pandemic.

Why I did not accept the new role.

  • My commute to and from work would leave me with little wages.
  • I would be working alongside younger members of staff doing exactly the same work for half their wages.
  • A position was available that was given to a consultant.
  • 10 Members of staff were made redundant, 9 over the age of 50.

THE REASON - Year End Trading Update and Notice Of Results.

In addition, following a management restructure in Q4 to streamline our operations, we expect to include £0.5m of redundancy costs in exceptional items for the 2019/20 financial year.

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