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Friday Article : Redundancy

19 October 2007 | Ireland | No Responses by Paul Mullan.

Here is the 8th part in the series from Paul Mullan of Measurability offers career coaching to individuals looking to change careers as well as companies looking to train their staff for better things. If you have a question you can either leave it here or send Paul an email at The other articles can be found here in our articles section.
Is Redundancy the end of the world or the start of a bright future? Read on to find out !

More bad news

National media and news coverage have been bombarding us with doom and gloom in 2007 although some would argue that they have always been doing this. There is coverage of the increases in pricing and inflation, increases in interest rates and the cost of mortgages, the property crash, the wettest summer in history and the end of the Celtic Tiger. A regular feature in the media on a daily basis is redundancy. There have been 17,370 redundancies this year to date which is up 1,637 on this time last year. Engineering & Manufacturing is taking the brunt of this with 5,100 of the redundancies. The most recent announcements have been Coca Cola & Analogue Devices is expected to seek 150 redundancies this week.

redundancy in ireland

Why me?

The thought of redundancy sends shivers down the spine of most employees. The reality of the experience leaves some drowning in defeat and self pity but others find new challenges and experiences. Having worked on a number of projects, helping those who suffered redundancy to find new employment, I am amazed at the different responses and eventual outcomes individual’s experience. So why do employees who suffer redundancy experience different outcomes?


A valuable formula to help explain this is E + R = O (event + response = outcome). The idea is that every outcome you experience in life is a result of how you responded to an earlier event. If you are not getting the outcomes you want you have two choices. Blame the event (in this case redundancy) or change your responses. If the event controlled the outcome no one would go on to succeed and after a redundancy no one would prosper. Therefore it is the response to the event dictates your outcomes. This is all you really have control of anyway. Change your responses (actions & thoughts) and you will change your outcome. Redundancy is a scary time but you can go on to better things.


Article by Paul Mullan of Measurability offers Career Coaching to individuals (Career Direction, CV Design & Interview Coaching) and Assessment Solutions for businesses to improve their recruitment decisions.

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