I have recently become a manager for the first time and I am looking for guidance on making someone redundant.
By way of background:
- One of my teams has about 6 people, working on three different services. Service A has 3 specialists, Service B has 2 specialists and Service C has 1 specialist.
- I have looked at our books and we do not currently have enough Service B work to keep 2 people employed. In fact, over the past 12 months, we have not had enough to keep even 1 person busy for much of the time.
- My boss has hinted that he thinks we need to make one of the Service B positions redundant.
- I would like to grow our sales effort in this area, but this will take time and we stand to lose a lot of money in the mean time if we retain a full time position that we don't require.
As well as any general advice on how to handle possible or actual redundancy of a direct, I am looking for advice on a few specific aspects of this:
- How do I reassure my team that I don't take this decision lightly and that I will do everything possible to try to avoid any future redundancies? This is especially important as this would literally be one of my first visible actions in the role.
- When should I advise the team that there may be a redundancy (as soon as possible or only once it is definite that it has to happen)?
- Should I advise the whole team or just the 2 Service B specialists?
- Should I offer a voluntary redundancy and/or give an unofficial heads up to the person most likely to be made redundant?
If there is any other info that would be relevant, please let me know.
On a side note, I am feeling a tension between the responsibility to make money for the company and the responsibility to protect and provide for my team. Does anyone know of any reading material that might help me think that through?
Thanks in advance for any advice.