No Deal: What You Must Do if You're Made Redundant

Someone might have told you about a film festival for Spanish filmmakers who are based in London. And you may (or may not) remember someone mentioning "The Motive". It's about an accountant working in a notary firm, whose private life is gradually unraveling for everyone (in his office to see). His boss would advise him to take a two-week leave, unknowing that it was a cue for his redundancy. Do you feel sorry for this character?

The case of Alvaro, the accountant working in a notary firm, is unusual, a middle-aged man who is jealous of his wife's literary success, which would lead to his obsession of penning a literary masterpiece. So he would imitate Ernest Hemingway's ritual. (You didn't compose your essay in in your birthday suit, and standing up, during a cold, gray evening.) And he channeled his inner Victor Hugo. (You didn't dare let your flatmate catch you writing your assignment sans your clothing.) The obsession would affect Alvaro's work-life balance, which led to his dismissal. Similar cases could have happened in real life, prompting you to wander in Hyde Park once more. You may be too dignified for anyone's sympathy, yet you would need to go through this phase. You must think of what to do next.

Your boss may have valid grounds to make you redundant, which would reflect on your recent performance. Did you have a dip in productivity? If you do, then it won't take a few hours to figure out the causes. Did you have a serious issue with a colleague? If you do, then no one is to blame. (You could have settled it earlier, but it would be too late.) Did you breached a company law? If you do, then you shouldn't consider legal action. The affirmative responses should lead to your short list of options.

The Proper Response to Redundancy

Write down what happened in the office. This option would include what could have happened during your leave. You might have believed that you earned your break, but don't be surprised if your boss would try to imagine if the operations could run smoothly without your presence. (It should be foolish to ask your colleagues about it, so your deductions must be precise to what may have took place during your absence.) The notes wouldn't be another form of therapy while you get over the negative impact of redundancy. It should serve as a basis for your next option.

Are you serious about legal action?Your boss would have offered a settlement agreement, which should keep you from pursuing legal action. You wouldn't consider this step if you truly believe that you fell short of expectations during your final few months in the office. On the other hand, filing a case against your employer may yield more than you get. It's not about the money, though. Your (professional) reputation is on the line here. You wonder if your previous references would work at all. Your network may have find out, and it would be likely that it would take you longer before finding another job. You don't have to worry about the last scenario if you're capable of thinking of a positive, if not persuasive, spin into these happenings. Think about legal action many times, though. Ask for a second opinion. You may not have enough resources, which would make legal victory not worth it. Be realistic about your situation. This should lead to your next option.

How to deal with the opinion of your (soon-to-be) ex-colleagues.You don't want to burn bridges, as there could be a likely chance that you might work with the same people. In other words, you may work for your boss in another (working) environment. What your former colleagues would think of you could affect your chances of getting hired in the shortest time. It doesn't mean that you must think twice about doing something after you learned about your redundancy. You're aware of the risk, and what should happen if you don't pull if off. This is not a way of discouraging you if grappling with this dilemma. Consider other options, ask the opinion of the people who know you well, and compare it to your own.

What Happens Next

You might find yourself In Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, wondering why the artist didn’t think of a fountain with eye-catching features. The fatigue, which would come from the long walk, should stop you from observing the course of the running water. It’s an outline of a human heart, and how it’s easy to cross the water. The artist might want to impart the message about Princess Diana’s soft spot for the public. It would remind you of your predicament, albeit a temporary phase.

You must not take redundancy to heart, which can affect your gestures. You don’t want to show it during your next interview, not even try to conceal your inability to move on from it. Get out. There’s much to see in London.

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