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Workplace experts Acas have published a new study into how employees feel about delivering news of redundancies and redeployment to their colleagues.
The study found that:
The study also found that experiences in the private and public sectors varied. Envoys in the private sector were more likely to be involved in the decision making process around downsizing which gave them a greater sense of ownership. This helped them deal with the more difficult aspect of the role.
In contrast public sector envoys were less likely to be involved, and though they may understand the reasons behind decisions, they had less sense of ownership and buy in regarding decisions and the procedures for implementing any job losses.
An 'envoy,' is the term used to describe the person - usually a line manager or HR manager - who delivers news to others when an organisation is downsizing.