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Your First Year of Work Author Shelagh Foster Addresses the Tricky Issue of Retrenchment

Your First Year of WorkShelagh Foster, author of Your First Year of Work: The Survival Guide, offers employment advice on her blog, with the latest question involving retrenchment.

“Reluctantly Retrenchable” asks Foster whether they should approach management or start looking for a new job as there is a round of retrenchments on the horizon at their company.

Dear Reluctantly

That’s a horrible situation to be in, I agree. There’s little worse than giving your all to your job with the Sword of Damocles dangling over your head.

I think you should speak to your bosses. Tell them that you’ve heard rumblings about retrenchments and would like to know if you are likely to be affected. They may be reluctant to give you a direct answer, though, as retrenchment is not something that can be done on a whim; there is a series of steps that have to be taken and strict protocol to be followed. Counselling for staff members forms a part of that process.

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