Communicating Redundancy: The Case of Accident Group Company

9 Pages Posted: 9 Apr 2011 Last revised: 6 Jun 2011

Baitshepi Tebogo

The Learning Village(Pty)Ltd

Date Written: June 4, 2011

Abstract

The paper explores the management of communication during redundancy. Communicating redundancy is equivalent to communicating bad news messages, which is difficult to do. The paper shows that most managers tend to avoid interaction with redundant employees, as they do not want to see their pain. However, empirical and academic studies indicate that the best approach is to have an open and transparent communication process with those affected, through interaction. Interacting with the affected employees during this difficult time gives them a sense that the organisation does care for them. Interacting with employees also affords them interactional justice, which helps them in having answers to questions such as ‘Why me?’

Keywords: redundancy, communication, bad news, interaction, interactional justice

JEL Classification: M12, M14, M51

Suggested Citation

Tebogo, Baitshepi, Communicating Redundancy: The Case of Accident Group Company (June 4, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1803594 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1803594

Baitshepi Tebogo (Contact Author)

The Learning Village(Pty)Ltd ( email )

P.O.Box 2039
Mogoditshane
Botswana

HOME PAGE: http://www.baitshepi-tebogo.com

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