1 in 3 jobseekers say HR badly handled their redundancy - from Onrec

1st April 2010

Results from a survey of over 1000 jobseekers finds that nearly one in three believe the HR department of their previous employer handled their redundancy poorly. One in two said they were given no extra support in their redundancy. 

In a stark wake-up call to employers, over 31% of the jobseekers told more than ten people about their experience, while another 44% told between 3 and 9 people.
The survey, says Richard Banks from Careerplan4.me, shows the extent ex-employees’ views can impact employer brand, and in particular future recruitment. “In the past, redundancies could be handled away from any media glare. However, with the advent of social media comes the increased risk of employees generating many one-to-one, as well as online conversations, which can rapidly and virally escalate.

“The speed of which our members answered the poll speaks volumes. Distributed at 7pm by email, over 400 people responded overnight. While many HR departments and employers are rising to the challenge of making redundancies as well as possible, far too many aren’t, which potentially leaves those made redundant with damaging views about the organisation.

“It could be a slow-burn PR disaster waiting to happen and have a long-term effect on productivity and future recruitment.”
29% of respondents rated the handling of their redundancy by the HR department as poor, 21% were indifferent, 28% felt it was fair. Twenty two percent of the respondents’ ex-employers didn’t have a HR department.

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Just over half the respondents said they were given no extra support in their redundancy; 20% were given outplacement services; 39% received a financial package, 15% were given advice to find a new role and 9% were given legal advice.

Asked their perception of their previous employer, a quarter said very poor, while 22% said poor. 32% were indifferent, while 16% and 5% said good or very good, respectively.
31% told over 10 people about the treatment of their ex-employer, 44% told between 3 and 9; 16% told between 1 and 2 others, while 9% told no one.
86% of employers made it clear why the employee was being made redundant.

Respondents who were made redundant less than a month ago equalled 8%; 2-3 months ago (20%); 4-6 months ago (26%); 7-11 months ago (24%); and over 12 months ago (22%).
1046 jobseekers across the professions responded to the survey.

This article was produced by On Rec and can be found, here

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