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HC Online | 27 Jun 2012, 12:00 AM Agree 0
As news of redundancies and major restructuring grips the newspaper publishing industry, the voluntary vs forced redundancy debate has been cast back into the spotlight.
  • Fiona Smith | 27 Jun 2012, 02:38 PM Agree 0
    The reason that this reasoning is wrong in this case (for journalists at least) is that the media industry, as a whole, is contracting. So, if you love being a journalist, you stay put. Those who are considering voluntary redundancy in this case (and I work in the company and know this for a fact) are those with long periods of service, 10 years and more, who are prepared to get out of the industry altogether. We all know there will be thousands and talented and able journalists out of a job and there will be virtually no new openings for a considerable period of time and a freelancing career looks very dodgy. The people who are left will not be "deadwood", but they will be people who love their jobs and their industry and have faith enough to stay.
    I think we should be past calling great swathes of people "deadwood" anyway. I know very few people who come near this description.
  • Alison Monroe | 28 Jun 2012, 02:06 PM Agree 0
    After 15 years in the career transition business, now focussing on long tenure, more mature workers impacted by change, I am seeing an alarming trend whereby organisations who call for VR feel that if the individual has 'chosen' to leave, then they do not require any transition support. Ludicrous! When valued, long term employees are faced with change and uncertainty about their future, it has a huge impact of identity, health, finances, career choices and relationships. We would like to believe that employers acknowledge this and do their very best to provide holistic and high quality support to their employees at these times - preferably whilst they are still with the organisation - not just on the way out. Employees and their families/friends go out into the World as potential customers and advocates. Or not!
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