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Member business announces collaboration to support those facing redundancy

WRAP – Wellbeing, Reset and Advance Programme

Weymouth Chamber Members Rebecca Bevins HR and New Leaf announce a new collaboration to provide an outplacement package which puts wellbeing at the heart of the service.

With Citizens Advice receiving calls every two minutes from people seeking advice about redundancy we are seeing an escalating employment crisis. Recently announcements of redundancies in Somerset came from Honeywell Aerospace, Clarkes, Relyon and Mulberry with a further 29% of businesses expect to decrease the size of their workforce in the next three months according to BCC’s Quarterly Recruitment Outlook.

Becky Wright, Founder of New Leaf said, “Whilst there is a lot of focus on safeguarding the mental wellbeing of current employees, I’m calling on employers to consider extending that safeguarding beyond the life of the employment contract in order to protect their mental health and wellbeing. Employees should get the same investment leaving the role as they would starting it, this is why we are launching this new service”

Ben Malik, Managing Director of RBHR said, “So many businesses are currently in the process of reviewing their structure and staffing levels, and whilst a thorough restructuring process is essential to ensure all the legal and consultative requirements are covered, so too is the transitioning support for employees who will ultimately leave the business. I would therefore encourage employers to see outplacement support as part of the end to end management of the entire restructuring process. This has many benefits not just from a brand perspective externally, but also internally as it rewards those leaving who have given loyal service, and has the potential to open a door for those individuals as another closes, plus promotes a supportive internal culture for those who remain.”

This new service is different as it puts wellbeing at the heart of the transition for employees. We know that employees who experience badly handled redundancy are more at risk of developing mental health issues this service aims to prevent this from happening.

Paul Appleby
Author: Paul Appleby