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The last major lamp manufacturer in the UK, Havells Sylvania, has commissioned Barnes Kavelle to help its employees through the redundancy process, following the announcement that it is closing its Shipley operation.
Havells Sylvania broke the news to the 250-strong workforce last year that it was moving its warehousing and manufacturing to a purpose-built facility in India and today only 40 employees remain.
Bradford-based Barnes Kavelle was tasked with helping the employees come to terms with the impending redundancies and advising them on how best to equip themselves to find a new job.
Site director of Havells Sylvania, Mark Walker believes the process has been invaluable.
Although there were a few sceptics initially, they were quickly won over when colleagues reported back to them on the effectiveness of the programme, he said.
Factory closures and large scale redundancies can cause a mix of emotion from extreme anxiousness through to anger, so the situation has to be handled very carefully.
I was really impressed with the skills and experience of Barnes Kavelle throughout the whole process, as were 95% of the workforce who thought it was fantastic and extremely worthwhile.
Naturally we were all shocked when the announcement was made but this certainly helped to engender trust in Havells Sylvania, as we realised the company wanted to help us during this difficult period.
Speaking about the project, Yvonne Lumley who runs Barnes Kavelles career transition and coaching services, said,
Although an increasing number of companies are fulfilling their social responsibilities many are still leaving their loyal workforce to fend for themselves after redundancies have been announced
Sadly we are going through an extremely difficult period, which is resulting in large scale job losses. It is essential this process is handled professionally through qualified consultants who are trained to deal with the psychological impact of redundancy as well as being able to provide expert guidance on the practical aspects of finding a new role. If handled properly the negatives really can be turned into positives with the right coaching, help and advice.


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