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Life after Retrenchement training

Retrenching people at work is gut-wrenching - for the person who is retrenched and for the person doing the retrenching. There is however a socially responsible way of retrenching people that helps them and the reputation of the organisation doing the retrenchments,

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Life after Retrenchement training

  1. 1. Retrenchment is not undertaken lightly… Organisations do not lightly contemplate retrenchments for reasons of cost, disruption to business, negative market perceptions and loss of staff morale.
  2. 2. Retrenchment often becomes a matter of rigorously following check boxes and steps …… with the consequence that we sometimes forget that we are dealing with people Rigorous legal compliance is required……..
  3. 3. The impact on staff is high…. Initially there is panic amongst ALL STAFF until it is clarified who will and will not be affected
  4. 4. Retrenchment impacts widely …. • Retrenched people see this as a “dark night of terror” • Unaffected or successful staff have tremendous feelings of guilt towards their affected colleagues • Retrenched people influence unaffected staff, as well as customers; unions and staff associations; press and the community at large
  5. 5. The result is a changed workplace…. • The retrenched staff are very emotional – anger and fear reduce their rationality • The “survivors” feel they can no longer trust management and fear the next round of retrenchments • Management are under great pressure to meet production targets with a de-motivated workforce
  6. 6. Have to be able to demonstrate that actions have been taken to mitigate the adverse effects of the retrenchment Legal processes have to be rigorously followed ……
  7. 7. • Deal with their high emotionality • Develop their ability to bounce back • Deal with their changed financial circumstances • Take the first steps to either find another job or start their own business Best practice is to assist retrenched people……
  8. 8. Venting •Acknowledge the anger •Acknowledge the fear
  9. 9. We offer ……. Modular training incorporating coaching sessions with a business coach
  10. 10. Training Modules 1. Building Resilience 2. Dealing with your finances 3. Career goals and income strategies 4. Re-entering formal employment 5. Starting your own business 6. Coaching
  11. 11. Module 1: Building Resilience for individuals, teams and leaders
  12. 12. Building Resilience principles
  13. 13. 1. Connect to your purpose and meaning in life 2. Use your unique strengths 3. Maintain perspective 4. Generate positive feelings 5. Be realistically optimistic 6. Persevere by being open minded and flexible 7. Reach out to others Building Resilience Principles
  14. 14. Building Resilience outcome: • Internal resourcefulness and mental strength • Thinking and listening more clearly
  15. 15. Module 2: Dealing with your finances
  16. 16. Module 3: Career goals and income strategies
  17. 17. Module 4: Re-entering formal employment
  18. 18. Module 5: Starting your own business
  19. 19. Outcomes for retrenched people • Manage their emotions and thinking so that they are better able to deal with the impact of the retrenchment • Access to advice, practical skills and processes to deal with the effects of the retrenchment • Begin the process of finding sustainable income replacement • Begin the process of personal reconciling and healing
  20. 20. Outcomes for the organisation • Manage the leavers’ perception of the organisation • Sustain the morale of the survivors in the organisation • Minimize reputation risk • Conduct best-practice, socially responsible retrenchment process
  21. 21. We are ….. • Highly experienced managers from finance, marketing, supply chain, legal, distribution and HR • Each manager has personally been involved in retrenching staff …. and has personally been either retrenched or taken voluntary severance • Each manager has deep facilitation experience and skills
  22. 22. Optional • Briefing of retrenchment team • Training managers how to inform staff that they are to be to be retrenched • Re-energising staff who suffer from “survivor sickness”
  23. 23. Contact us in South Africa: • Rod Warner 082 456 0819 • Visit us: