Revelling in Redundancy?

Revelling in Redundancy?It’s not the end of the world.

Retrenchments or redundancies are a common topic in the media of late.  With School Hours HQ in Queensland, perhaps we’re hearing about it more than other states because our State Government is in the process of culling tens of thousands of jobs. As much as these retrenchments may be required, it does little to comfort the some 100,000 public service employees currently being scrutinised.

Being “let go” is no fun, no matter what the reason is, however the important thing to keep in mind here is that it’s not the moment that should be the focus, it should be the possibilities the retrenchment could provide.  It’s important to move past the stress of the moment to enable you to fully consider the possibilities that can arise from the situation.

So what positives could possibly come from being retrenched?  With bills to pay, groceries to purchase, and other necessities to buy, it can be hard to think of anything good about a redundancy, but it’s important for you to do so.  These concerns, and others, will continue to be there, so it’s much more productive to focus on what you can do as a result of this event, not on what you can’t.

One of the greatest aspects of this situation is that being retrenched does not carry any stigma that will hinder you from being re-employed and we believe there are some additional silver linings in the dark cloud too.   Some of these are listed below:

  • There’s always a financial payout involved with retrenchment that lessens the stress of having no employment to go to.  It won’t last forever, however used wisely it should get you through until you’re earning again.
  • Retrenchment can provide a fresh start that some might need, but didn’t realize due to being too focused on the day to day routine of work.  You may have been stagnant, but been too comfortable to realise it and so your retrenchment could be an opportunity to relight your fire.
  • Retrenchment can be an opportunity to pursue hobbies that might eventually become a source of income.  If you’ve been in your role for a long time the payout from it may afford you a decent break and with that comes time to connect with something you truly love to do.
  • It could be the chance to take that much needed break from work and travel.  If you’ve been focusing on achieving on the work front and haven’t taken much “me” time, a redundancy can be an opportunity to get away on a good, long, reinvigorating trip.
  • Retrenchment could even be the chance to pursue another career path.  Were you in your “soul job”?  Our guess is most people will say no and therefore this is a great opportunity to go looking for what it is you’ll really love doing.  Find that and we’ve heard you’ll never work another day in your life!

If you are made redundant, it might initially feel like the end of the world and it can be difficult to get over, however if you look past the negative, you’ll realise that it really is an opportunity.  OK so you might not revel in the thought of being redundant, but there can be positives, if you allow yourself to see them.  You might even surprise yourself and end up saying that was the best thing that has happened to you!


Leigh Grigaliunas

Leigh is an owner and co-founder of School Hours Pty Ltd.Leigh's passion for helping others coupled with his desire to achieve a balance between raising children and earning a living, lead him to create School Hours Pty Ltd with his wife Yasmin.School Hours will be the place to go for Australian parents wanting to connect with progressive thinking, family friendly employers.

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