Thursday, March 29, 2007
In many technical systems, redundancy helps to ensure safety. For example in airplanes, many systems are designed in a redundant way, so that if one fails, the other one is still there. But in the UK employment sector, redundandy has another meaning: getting fired from the job. This is just one of the euphemism used here... There is also the term "management of change" which by its meaning should be something positive: reacting to new situations, improving things. But here in the UK it is the technical term of the official negotiations between an employer and its Union-member employees. So with the "management of change process", the redundancies are being handled, usually by offering employees an incentive to early retirement, similar to severance packages in the US.