Redundancy is an emotional time for those directly affected by job loss but we sometimes forget about the management/owners who have to break the news or the other staff who survive the redundancy.
Employees affected can experience many emotions including anger, resentment, self-blame and despair before acceptance and moving on. Those breaking the news or surviving the event can also be affected emotionally with guilt or despair.
This article from the Irish Independent has some comments from a leading outplacement consultant advising employees that redundancy is not personal and emotions are perfectly acceptable and part of the process of moving on. It is, however, important to remain professional through difficult situations like redundancy or any exit from a company. As we know actions can sometimes come back to bite us.
Quite often those suffering job loss can get the benefit of the doubt in light of the situation BUT those breaking the news can and should prepare themselves adequately for the event.