A redundancy announcement can be very tricky to do. A lot of employers are particularly worried about what to say at the general meeting, which starts the redundancy consultation process. What you will find, though, is that what you are saying is a shock to those listening to you. Even if they have guessed that this is coming, hearing you say it out loud is scary. We don’t usually have any difficult questions at this stage – staff save them for their first one to one meeting, or for later in the process.
Do not worry about making this statement “nicer”. Keep it short and to the point. Those listening to you will not be able to hear or appreciate any nuances, as they will be in shock.
Here is our suggested script for the general meeting.
This is for a general meeting without offering voluntary redundancy and with roles for staff to apply for.
You can read it out. You don’t need to memorise it. But it does need to be in your voice.