Silver Linings Playbook: Finding Your Way Through Redundancy

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  • Denial: “They’ve made a mistake. They’ll call tomorrow and cancel all this, has no-one looked at the numbers?”
  • Anger: “AAAAAAHHHH! [Other incoherent but raw emotion]”
  • Blame: “If only we’d changed the structure sooner… why did no-one say anything earlier?”
  • Confusion: “What do I do now?, Who even am I?”
Generic, but entirely relevant. Based on Kubler-Ross (1969)
  • You could find a far better new job, as well as taking the tax-free payout (in most countries).
  • Many of my friends from “Ten-Ten” appear to have done this and I look forward to seeing their creations on the road in the next few years.
  • You could find a less good new job, but still get the pay out to use as you like.
  • If available/ if the company has used a blunt instrument to decide on the restructure — you could take a job still in the same company that gives you more experience and forget the payout you’ve ignored
  • You could plan to find a new job quickly & then realise it takes much longer than expected to get the one you want, as you spend through the pay out that was meant to go towards savings / an awesome holiday / new house.
  • You could take it as a wake up call that life is about more than making shareholders happy and spend some time with your family, without the worry of working 8–6 five days a week.
  • You could take some time to retrain, realising that what you’ve been doing is “not the real you” and taking the opportunity to do that course you’ve been thinking about for years.
  • You could go travelling (even during COVID) — just pick your country carefully & don’t expect to get through many borders. There are many countries globally that are highly dependent on tourism that would be very glad to see you. Many of them have young populations and are less at-risk to Covid-19 as a result.
  • You could pick up that side-hustle you’ve always wanted to do & see where it takes you. See Duo-Hue or @stringsbycara as good examples of people following their passions after big life changes.
  • Whatever you do with redundancy, try to achieve one thing as a result. Whether it is a dream holiday, finally finishing fixing your bathroom, teaching your kids how to ride a bike, starting your own business, it doesn’t matter. This means that when you are asked about redundancy in future, it will have a positive connotation not a negative one. This can change your mindset and your happiness levels very quickly.
  • Get on LinkedIn, it can be very powerful in these situations. Don’t pour out your whole life story (I’ve seen so many do this), but simply state your situation and your network, even if small, will respond.



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William Rudd

William Rudd


Lived in Kenya, UK, & now Singapore. Love meeting people, reading, & playing sport. Enjoy everything from Entrepreneurship to Education to Ecology.