The coronavirus pandemic has affected all employers in some way or another – and sadly, for many organisations, this has included the need for cost-cutting measures. For many, this means making the difficult decision to make some of their staff redundant.
There are three mental wellbeing concerns to be aware of in a redundancy situation – you will need to think about the wellbeing of the people you are letting go, their colleagues who might be staying on without them, and also the wellbeing of those making such tough choices. Understanding your obligations as an employer can help you to feel less anxious about your decisions, and help your staff to fully understand their rights.
This web page and PDF guide from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) will talk you through the legal process of making someone redundant (including information about furlough schemes which you might be able to use instead), how to decide who is made redundant, and advice on providing support for all of the affected staff members
Stress and anxiety can cause our use of alcohol to increase, and it's sadly all too easy to miss the signs that your drinking habits have become problematic. This might be even more of an issue for the fire service than it is for other industries.
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