Redundancy. It’s a word that can strike fear into a grown man’s heart. The adult equivalent of The Boogie Man.
But it doesn’t have to be. As someone who was recently made redundant, I can confirm there is life on the other side – and it’s good! Okay, I’m not talking bright lights and Jesus welcoming you into his Jacuzzi in the sky, but it’s good enough.
The fact is, redundancy has become an all too common occurrence in modern life. While our grandparents and parents generally worked at one job until they resigned or retired, this generation hasn’t been as lucky (depending on how you look at it)… An ex-colleague, Karina, has been made redundant THREE times now – and she’s only in her mid 20’s! Get your shit together, Karina (I’m kidding).
Also, let’s get real for a minute – redundancy very rarely comes as a complete shock when it actually happens. The signs are generally all there. Having previously worked on a magazine that folded, I recognised all the same signs in the lead up to my recent redundancy. In short, it doesn’t take a psychic for you to sense the end may be near… You’re suddenly expected to work harder because positions aren’t being filled anymore, no one has seen a pay rise in years, and there’s a weird energy in the office. It was enough for me to start packing up my desk like a refugee, taking home whatever I could carry at the end of each day.
The important thing to remember about redundancy though is it’s not your fault, and there’s nothing you could’ve done to prevent it. Shit happens. There are certain things in life that are beyond our control and redundancy is one of them, so there’s no point in stressing out and worrying about it.
I’ve always believed a business that is managed well should never have to make anyone redundant, but times are changing and there’s an economic crisis happening. We should all just be thankful that we’re not lining up in the streets for bread at this stage!
I know this doesn’t sound like much if you’ve just been made redundant, but believe me, it can actually be a blessing in disguise. It’s like Beyonce says – when life hands you lemons, make lemonade. Also, I’m pretty sure people have been talking about lemons and lemonade since before Beyonce came along, but who am I to argue with Queen Bey? She’s got enough on her hands with that philandering Jay Z…
Here are some more reasons redundancy actually kind of rocks…
1. The Money
Let’s just cut to the chase – the money is very nice compensation. It’s like Donald Trump tells you you’re fired, and then a leprechaun runs over and hands you a pot of gold on the way out. Thanks, little leprechaun! **SMILEY FACE EMOJI** I understand everyone’s situation is different, and sometimes, after you’ve paid off the bills and repaid some debts, there’s not a lot left over, but remember, it’s still money you didn’t have before! For me personally, I’d been at the company for just under 12 years, which means I was paid out close to a year’s salary, plus my long service leave. While this doesn’t make me JK Rowling rich, the next time McDonald’s asks me if I’d like to upsize my meal, the answer will be a resounding YES.
2. The Choices
Quite often, when you’re busy working your ass off everyday, you’re too exhausted to ask yourself those big life questions. Where am I going with my life? What do I want to do next? Will anyone notice if I die at my desk? You get trapped like a mouse on a wheel, looking for an exit but unable to find one. Redundancy not only affords you the time to ask those questions and then answer them too, it kind of forces you to do it… and that’s not a bad thing. It means whatever your next move is, you can bet it would have been carefully thought out, and you’ll be happier for it.
3. The Time
The really beautiful thing about redundancy is it allows you to spend more time focusing on the things you’re truly passionate about. For me, that’s sleeping, but to each their own… It might even be a chance to turn your passion into a business opportunity. So, the big question is, who wants to pay to watch me take a nap? Also, I might finally get around to watching the series finale of Mad Men now.
4. The Freedom
I cannot describe how good it feels to wake up everyday knowing I don’t have to be somewhere at a set time. If you want to travel, the time is now! If I want to take a leisurely two-hour lunch break with friends, I can, without having to nervously check the time every five minutes. Unless you’re boring me, in which case I’ll tell you I have to go home to floss my cat or something, just so I can get out of there. Ahhh, sweet freedom… I can already feel the ulcer in my stomach dissolving.
5. The Money
Have I mentioned the money? Oh, I have?
So, if you’ve recently been made redundant, stop crying into your wads of cash, get out there and start living your life! An opportunity like this may never roll around again – although in this economy, it probably will. Remember, everything happens for a reason, and something better is probably waiting just around the corner. Quit complaining about the broken down mobility scooter when the Rolls Royce is on its way.