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There are certain things you should expect if you have been made redundant by your company due to the Covid-19 pandemic. You have rights, and your employer is legally obligated to fulfil specific responsibilities.

For example, you may be eligible for certain compensations, including the following. [1]

  • Redundancy related pay
  • A notice period
  • Consultation with your employer
  • The option to fill a different job position
  • Time to find another job

Your rights include being able to demand certain monetary payments from the government if your company becomes insolvent due to the pandemic.

Redundancy and holiday pay as well as any outstanding wages, commissions or overtime can all be paid out by the government once you meet their criteria. [2]

Your position cannot be made redundant unfairly. This includes not following standard reductions by role or job experience.

If you believe that you were marked redundant due to your gender, disability, age, or being pregnant, then you can fight against the dismissal. [1]

How to Cope With Day-to-Day Responsibilities

Coping with redundancy during the pandemic is something millions of people are learning how to come to terms with it. Looking for work alongside millions of other people while being unable to go canvas the area for jobs physically is even more challenging.

It can lead to spiralling negative thoughts and emotions. Finding a way to overcome the anxieties and stress while maintaining your mental and physical health, family life, and searching for a new position can be difficult. We have a few suggestions that may help ease the process a bit.

1. Let Go of Guilt

You might find yourself feeling some shame or guilt over losing your position. However, it is important to remember that being made redundant is not a reflection of you as a person or your abilities.

Not every job position is created equally, and some are more financially burdensome on a company than others. It could also be that your entire department needed downsizing to accommodate how the pandemic has affected spending.

Whatever the reason for being marked redundant, it is not down to your skills or personality. You have nothing to feel guilty about. It might be tempting to let this period of time impact your self-esteem but remember that you are not to blame.

2. Use the Downtime to Relax and Recharge

Losing your job during a time when social distancing, community lockdowns, and fear of contracting Covid-19 make it hard to get a chance to network can be frustrating. It will be much easier to cope if you can keep yourself feeling relaxed and well-rested.

Ways to do this include taking days for yourself and making sure to add positive mental health activities into your daily or weekly schedules (e.g., hobbies, meditation, therapy, family time, etc.).

3. Build Your Marketable Skills

There are plenty of cheap and free training workshops online for every type of job position. You can increase your knowledge in electronics, a specific field, or improve on skills you already possess.

You can also find books and other material at your local library to educate you on whatever new expertise you are attempting to master. Most communities also have local free or low-cost, certified computer classes that you can take.

4. Stay Positive and Look Out For Your Mental Health

For individuals who already have a diagnosed mental disorder adding the level of stress that comes with redundancy might require a little extra support in the form of therapy, a self-help group, or medication.

Staying on top of any symptoms will make it easier to be positive and move forward.

Loneliness due to social isolation is also something that you will want to counter with in-person or online interactions. There are plenty of clubs, groups, and forums for filling the gap left in the social fabric of everyday life.

5. Avoid Obsessing Over the News

Right now, it is tempting to stay up to date on everything happening in the world. You have the time, and you may have causes that you care about which make you tune in for every new update.

Every day headlines are bombarding us from our phones, computers, and television. Unfortunately, there is a significant amount of negativity in the news and adding that to any stress you are already experiencing due to being let go can be unhealthy.

Avoiding the information entirely is not the answer, but watch in moderation and take frequent breaks when you need it.

6. Look at Possible Contract Work While Job Searching

While it might be possible to stall specific bills temporarily, there are still daily costs of living that you will need to be able to cover. If you have a family, then that required amount goes up.

You can try looking into contract work while you brush up your resume, job skills, and work on networking in your preferred field.

There are also plenty of skills that can be used for online contract work so you can earn money at home. Many companies are also moving their seasonal and part-time positions online to save money and accommodate the pandemic’s health safety standards.

This means there are more options than ever for earning a little side income.

Financial Considerations

One significant stressor in life finances, whether you are working or not. Now that you are aware that Jobcentre Plus will be able to help you get any earned payments regardless of the state of the company, you can have some small peace of mind.

However, it is essential to plan ahead for when or if those funds run dry before you can get a new position.

Budget Your Funds

If you are new to the idea of a budget, there are hundreds of useful sites, forums, and apps which can do the heavy lifting for you. Plug in the numbers and monthly costs, and it will spit out a perfect budget formula to keep you in the black.

Simply seeing everything written out and stated clearly can help lessen some of the mental burdens that come with financial uncertainties.

Become Familiar With Community and Government Support Services

A lot of government funds have been set aside to help individuals and families impacted by the pandemic. There are programmes for assisting with financial responsibilities, coping with mental or physical health concerns, and family services.

Help Paying Bills

You can reach out to your local council to see if you qualify for Hardship Funds which are set aside to assist with paying bills for people in need.

There is also government support for anyone who is under financial strain due to Covid-19, including mortgage payment holidays of three months. [3]

Another option is signing up for Universal Credit which provides funds for people out of work and gives a set amount monthly towards bills. [4]

Managing Your Mental Wellbeing

There are online support groups, telehealth options for therapy, and plenty of apps and websites designed to help with meditation and mindfulness.

These are all helpful resources, and you can look in your area to see if there are any nearby community programmes designed to make the pandemic easier to live with day to day.

One-on-one therapy or group meetings can be found by reaching out to your local health care clinic.

Job Searching

You can get more than certification courses for polishing up your resume. There are plenty of sites online where you can go to start networking for potential jobs such as LinkedIn.

You can use those and community resources to send out feelers to companies and individuals who may be hiring in your area of expertise.

The National Career Service has many areas of their official website that supply helpful job searching tools like the following: [5]

  • They provide assistance understanding and creating a quality CV, including layout and what considerations to take into account when applying for specific jobs
  • Skills assessments to make sure you are looking at positions that play to your strengths
  • There are free online courses in subjects like math, computer science, business, personal growth and wellbeing, and digital design
  • They have plenty of articles full of advice on choosing the right job for you and how to find a position and apply
  • There is also a section on all the different possible career types currently available. Each one has basic explanations of expectations for the role and ways you can work towards finding a job in that field

Take Each Day at a Time

It might be tempting to obsess over what your current circumstances could mean for your future as the pandemic continues to disrupt regular job searching and hiring.

However, that is counterproductive and will only add to your stress without actually accomplishing anything useful. Instead, it is better to focus your attention and energy on each day as it comes.

This is a chance to relax, improve yourself, and enjoy time with your family. Coping is as much about being prepared for whatever comes next as it is enjoying the moment.

This might not always be easy, but there are plenty of resources around you to make it possible.

References

[1] https://www.gov.uk/redundancy-your-rights

[2] https://www.gov.uk/your-rights-if-your-employer-is-insolvent/your-rights

[3] https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/mortgage-payment-holidays

[4] https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit

[5] https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/careers-advice/cv-sections