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One months notice of redundancy today...

1 to 1 meeting with the boss today, this is the follow up email which we've all just received:

Hi All,

Thank you for your patience over the past few weeks I know that it has been hard for many of you with the lack of information forthcoming. I have now had one to one talks with all staff that are directly affected by the latest position and so I feel the time is right time to inform all staff of the latest position.

It is a very difficult time for the Community and Voluntary sector, as you will have seen on the news. The outcome of the public sector cuts still make things very unclear for future funding which means that we have to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. The only thing we can know at this time is that the business will likely look different from April.

Those on temporary contracts have been advised that their contracts will not be renewed and as of today all permanent staff are on a months notice of redundancy, which takes them up to the end of March. This does not mean that all staff will be leaving at the end of March. What this means is that the board have to consider what scale of service we will be providing from April and who will be our main partners in the delivery of our future services. We have some contracts already secured and are hopeful on securing others over the coming few weeks. If you need to take reasonable time off to seek work or attend interviews during your notice period this is your right, please discuss with your line manager.

As I have informed the staff today I am preparing a revised budget for the board and presenting a proposed delivery model on the 18th March, the new model will be based on where I feel the business will be best placed in the future. It is not too late to influence my thinking on how best we can deliver our services, if you have any ideas and thoughts you want to share with me please let me know this week. The revised model will initially be based on us having only 50% of our planned funding for next year which we can build on if we secure new contracts after April.

I shall provide weekly updates to you all over the coming weeks and as things become more clearer I shall aim to confirm people in post at the earliest opportunity possible.

In the meantime I shouldn’t need to stress to you all the importance of remaining as positive as you can particularly to our current contractors and funders, which I know will be difficult. The likelihood of us extending our current contracts or drawing in new business will be adversely affected if the wrong message gets out into the public arena. Please be very careful with whom you discuss the latest company position and in particular where you discuss it, in fact it would probably be best not to discuss this position with anyone outside of the business at this time, my door is always open.

Thank you all once again for your understanding and appreciation of the situation.

Kind Regards

...better get on the job-hunting case again, it's probably a good thing to be honest, I was getting bored anyway. At least this forces me to get off my lazy arse and start a proper job search mission! Smile

6 blog comments below

Best of luck to you, watersoul.
standready on Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:55 pm
Cheers fella, but I do feel really alive again now I've got a financial deadline I have to work to!
Watch this space, Lol Smile
watersoul on Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:33 pm
Update - Just got my formal letter detailing the financial settlement of my redundancy, it's enough to pay all my bills for 3 months after the end of this month when I get my final pay Smile
If I can't find another job within 3 months then that will be absolutely shameful, and luckily because there are so many lazy people living on benefits in my area theres plenty of minimum wage work around to keep me going until I find something in my field.
watersoul on Sat Mar 05, 2011 7:46 pm
Sorry to hear that. Good luck on the job search.
standready on Sun Mar 06, 2011 2:19 am
Good luck in searching a new job. Smile I hope you find one rather quick and hopefully an interesting one. Wink

adri on Sun Mar 06, 2011 11:02 am
Thanks for the positive comments folks, I'm on the case already Smile
It will be interesting to see what crappy job I do in the short term, lol, I shall of course mention it here as it happens. I never do the claiming welfare thing myself as I prefer to earn my money no matter how lowly the particular job is. I've always had a saying that the sweetest pint you can drink on a Friday evening is the pint you've worked hard for!
Been networking these last few days and a friends dad might be looking for a labourer (mixing cement, knocking walls down etc) and £70 per day (cash in hand) so thats pretty hopeful. Hard work, but people pay money to go to a gym, this way I'll get to excersise and earn money at the same time.
watersoul on Mon Mar 07, 2011 6:16 pm

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