February 18th, 2015 / Insight posted in

‘Tis the season to be jolly… or is it?

By Adam Flight For many businesses, it has come to that time of year to look back and review how they have performed over the last 12 months. For some, the news will be better than others. However, there will always be businesses that have struggled and now have a big decision to make regarding their workforce. Having looked at the figures, you’ve decided that you need to make cut backs which are going to result in having to lose a few of your staff. The big question many of our clients ask us is, “when is the best time for us to tell our employees that we’re going to have to reduce our headcount?” Unfortunately, this is not an easy question to answer but I hope that after considering the following, you’ll be able to make the right decision for your business and your employees. Firstly, there is never a “good time” to deliver this news but being this close to Christmas certainly makes it harder. The answer really comes down to what is the best commercial decision for your business? Yes, it will be hard to break the news of cut backs before Christmas which you know will mean they end up spending the holidays worrying about what the New Year will hold for them rather than enjoying the time with their families, but if you are unable to delay the decision until the New Year, then the sooner you make the announcement, the better. On the other hand, if you can hold off and delay an announcement by a few weeks or even a month, then your employees may be more likely thank you for delaying things. Even though they will not be happy about your decision, they are more likely to be thankful that you didn’t ruin their Christmas. At the end of the day, there is no simple answer. But if you’d like help in discussing your options and how to approach this situation, then get in touch with HR Insight and we’ll work with you to help you decide which option is best for your business. Tweets Tough time for workforce planning To cut or not to cut? When is the best time for redundancies? Never a good time to deliver bad news