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Redundancy Advice & Outplacement

FIFTHEAGLE CAN GUIDE YOU WITH REDUNDANCY ADVICE & OUTPLACEMENT SERVICES

There are many reasons why a company might need to downsize such as a downturn in the economy, a change of direction for the business, a directive from global head office, new management or the merging of two or more companies, and making the decision to let staff members go is not an easy one legally or emotionally.

The common challenges that are faced by a business include being fully compliant through the process of redundancy, ensuring redundancies do not negatively impact the workplace culture, and being able to best handle the reactions and responses through the various phases of a redundancy process. A badly managed process can not only cost money, but damage your reputation as well.

FifthEagle understand the requirement to make certain members of your team redundant can also impact the organisation as a whole, and by implementing the right course of action in the right order, and with the right timing can be the difference between a thriving or suffering workplace environment.

If you find yourself in a position where you need to make some hard decisions in your business then FifthEagle can help you navigate the HR procedures and legal requirements to ensure a smooth transition to a new workforce and continued productivity with those remaining.

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THE FIFTHEAGLE APPROACH TO REDUNDANCY

There is a legislative process involved with redundancy and penalties can be severe if a business does not abide by the rules. Staff members may have recourse against the employer if they are not treated according to the national standards put in place by the Fair Work Act and National Employment Standards.

The FifthEagle approach is to work closely with businesses to successfully steer them through the many trip-ups in communication and documentation involved through a redundancy process. By navigating towards the desired direction for the company as smoothly and efficiently as possible businesses can benefit from our decades of consultation experience and avoid the major disruptions and penalties from any potential non-compliant process.

Redundancy consultation usually commences by a discussion with the business owner or manager. We identify how many team members need to be made redundant and work with any internal staff necessary to see the process through to its completion.

FifthEagle will walk you through the consultation process required and clearly set out the things you need to do once the decision is made to make changes to the business that will result in redundancies.

Consultation requirements include:

  • Notifying the employees who may be affected by the proposed changes

  • Providing the employees with information about these changes and their expected effects

  • Discussing steps taken to avoid and minimise negative effects on the employees

  • Considering employees ideas or suggestions about the changes

Other issues including notice during probation periods, how to give notice, ensuring that the right notice and final pay has been given, and payout versus working out the termination period also require the right guidance and advice.

Outplacement Services

FifthEagle also offer outplacement services that companies can use to better support those team members being made redundant. Some of the support mechanisms provided for them include:

  • One-to-one or group support

  • Making sure their resume best represents their skills and abilities

  • Making sure any social media profiles show them in the best light possible

  • Having them interview ready

  • Networking opportunities

  • Retraining or education options

  • Managing any counselling support needed in response to the emotional reactions from those being made redundant

Our outplacement service can help maintain a healthy workplace culture as the employees who remain will appreciate how a company treats people when making them redundant, providing a positive step forward for both the company and its employees, and protecting your organisation’s long-term reputation.