Since 1st January this year approximately 143,760 people have been made redundant in the UK. With unemployment at its highest level for 12 years, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), many companies do consider making redundancies as the answer to their cash flow problems.
But is it really that simple?
We all know what redundancy means for employees but what does it mean for the companies that are making them? Do they really know what they are dealing with?
Redundancy should not be a path that companies decide to go down lightly. To enter the process without suitable preparation is incredibly risky and can leave bosses open to legal claims from angry ex-employees, potentially costing them more at a time when they are trying to cut costs. Compensation for unfair dismissal could be as much as £66,200 per person – and that doesn’t include the cost of redundancy payment.
At a time of recession the numbers of people being made redundant inevitably increase and this causes problems for employers and employees alike. It seems that it could particularly be the smaller companies, without the support of HR departments or legal advisors, that find themselves in hot water.
I suppose the answer is to be careful, to be aware of the laws and rights on both sides. The only real way to make the bumpy ride as smooth as possible for everyone.
I have now been married for 110 days*. That’s only 12 days less than Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock but 38 days more than Kim Kardashian and… the tall one. Not that it’s a competition, of course.
One thing I have discovered about being married is that people like to ask you “how married life is”. Ironically it is often the people who are married themselves who are asking, which I find kind of awkward.
Really, it’s a question I dread because what I know I should say is this:
“Oh, it’s fabulous, we are more in love than ever, it’s just like when we first met…”
But what I want to say is this:
“I feel like laughing every time I write my name”.
Which, as I have discovered, does not go down awfully well with the in-laws…
Having a husband really is lovely though, it is being a wife that I am struggling with. you could say it is just a name and a different box to tick on a form, but really I know it represents a totally new part of your life. The part of your life where your partner constantly opens your post thinking that it’s his. The part of your life where you seem to have suddenly adopted all of his nicknames. The part of your life where you’ve promised, and he’s promised, to stick like glue to each other no matter what happens.
That’s why, even though it makes me laugh, and I miss my silly old name that nobody could spell, I like the fact that a name is one more thing I can share with my husband.
And in the meantime I will come to terms with being a wife.
*days correct at time of writing…
Starting a new business is a bit like running a marathon.
To be honest I don’t know for sure as I haven’t yet managed 26.2 miles, but I am hoping I will complete the famous course in London this April.
Training has been tough so far, I‘m not going to lie. Getting motivated to start when the finishing line seems so very, very far away; it’s cold, it’s dark and couldn’t we just have a nice glass of wine and talk about it instead…?
Then once you get out there you have to keep going.
If you get a stitch, if your feet hurt, if it starts pouring with rain, one trainer must pound in front of the other.
And it will.
Because all you can really think about is the last mile, the mile when you know it has all been worth it. You might be half the person you were: limping, crying, perhaps being carried by some super human 90 year old who puts you to shame, but what’s important is that you set yourself a goal and you achieved it.
It is the goal that keeps you going.
I have been far less physically challenged by setting up Orbit Words than my marathon training. I haven’t had to ice my fingers after too much typing and I haven’t sat at the computer crying my eyes out because IT HURTS (yet…) but I have had to keep believing in the goal. I have had to quiet the disbelieving voices in my head and be 100% sure about reaching the finishing line.
I want to provide the best words in the North West (is it too soon to say The World?)
I want to build a reputation as a reliable, flexible, creative and bespoke service provider.
I want to have the opportunity to make my words come to life.
When I suffered a knee injury earlier this month it did affect my training but mostly it affected my confidence. It is hard to believe in yourself when it’s your own body saying it can’t be done. But I have had to keep the same commitment to training as I have to Orbit Words. The moments when you don’t believe are nothing compared to the moments of excitement, energy and passion when you do.
And so I will keep on running and I will keep on writing. In April we will know if I can run 26.2 miles, measuring the success of Orbit Words will take a lot longer, but I know that I will keep on chasing that feeling of crossing the line.
Thanks to everyone who has cheered me on so far.