LESSON 6: Redundancy

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LESSON 6

REDUNCANCY

In this lesson you will learn vocabulary related to the topic of redundancy. You will also learn how to deliver a presentation.

 

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Revision from the last lesson:

Explain the following words in English and Polish:

demote termination bring about violate reprisal

 

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Demote to lower someone or something in rank or position / degradować /degradacja
Termination the act of ending something, the end of a word, something that results, to come to an end of a contract period / wygaśnięcie, wypowiedzenie (umowy)
Bring about to cause something to happen / doprowadzić do
Violate to break or act against something / naruszyć, pogwałcić, łamać
Reprisal activity against another person / odwet

 

Name the advantages and disadvantages of seniority-based promotion.


 

LESSON 6

REDUNDANCY. PRESENTATION SKILLS.

 

LEAD – IN ACTIVITY – speaking

  1. Have you ever given a presentation?
  2. Are you afraid of speaking in front of a big audience? Do you have a stage fright?
  3. What is the most important while giving a presentation?

 

 

Exercise 1 – signposting language

Read the text below and find the examples of signposting language.

Good morning everyone! Thank you very much for coming to my presentation. Let me introduce myself. I am Maria Rodrigez and I am a HR manager working for an international company. Today I would like to give you a general overview of the growing and really broad area of human resources. So I?ll be addressing three main points, and the first one is going to be ?what?. What we actually mean by the expression ?human resources?. The second point will be why we care about human resources and why we should be concerned with human resources. And finally, the last point is how we deal with HR in everyday life.

 

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Good morning everyone! Thank you very much for coming to my presentation. Let me introduce myself. I am Maria Rodrigez and I am a HR manager working for an international company. Today I would like to give you a general overview of the growing and really broad area of human resources. So I?ll be addressing three main points, and the first one is going to be ?what?. What we actually mean by the expression ?human resources?. The second point will be why we care about human resources and why we should be concerned with human resources. And finally, the last point is how we deal with HR in everyday life.

Exercise 2 – signposting language

Order the expressions and put them in a proper box.

  • I’d like to digress here for a moment and just mention that
  • Where does that lead us
  • Let me elaborate on that
  • To start with…later…to finish up…
  • To illustrate this point
  • I’d like now to recap…
  • Do you have any questions
  • So much for…
  • First of all, I’ll…
  • Turning to…

 

Introducing the subject
  • I’d like to start by…
  • Let’s begin by…
  • Starting with…
  • I’ll begin by…
Finishing one subject…
  • Well, I’ve told you about…
  • That’s all I have to say about…
  • We’ve looked at…
…and starting another
  • Now we’ll move on to…
  • Let me turn now to…
  • Next…
  • I’d like now to discuss…
  • Let’s look now at…
Analysing a point and giving recommendations
  • Let’s consider this in more detail…
  • What does this mean for ABC?
  • Translated into real terms
Giving more details
  • I?d like to expand on this aspect / problem / point
  • Would you like me to expand on / elaborate on that?
Giving an example
  • For example,…
  • A good example of this is…
  • As an illustration,…
  • To give you an example,…
Changing to a different topic
  • I?d like to turn to something completely different
Referring to something which is off the topic
Referring back to an earlier point
  • Let me go back to what I said earlier about …
Ordering
  • Firstly…secondly…thirdly…lastly…
  • First of all…then…next…after that…finally…
Summarising and concluding
  • In conclusion,…
  • Right, let’s sum up, shall we?
  • Let’s summarise briefly what we’ve looked at…
  • Finally, let me remind you of some of the issues we’ve covered…
  • If I can just sum up the main points..
Dealing with questions
  • Now I’ll try to answer any questions you may have.
  • Can I answer any questions?
  • Are there any questions?
  • Are there any final questions?

 

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Introducing the subject
  • I’d like to start by…
  • First of all, I’ll…
  • Let’s begin by…
  • Starting with…
  • I’ll begin by…
Finishing one subject…
  • Well, I’ve told you about…
  • That’s all I have to say about…
  • We’ve looked at…
  • So much for ?
…and starting another
  • Now we’ll move on to…
  • Let me turn now to…
  • Next…
  • Turning to…
  • I’d like now to discuss…
  • Let’s look now at…
Analysing a point and giving recommendations
  • Where does that lead us?
  • Let’s consider this in more detail…
  • What does this mean for ABC?
  • Translated into real terms
Giving more details
  • I?d like to expand on this aspect / problem / point
  • Let me elaborate on that
  • Would you like me to expand on / elaborate on that?
Giving an example
  • For example,…
  • A good example of this is…
  • As an illustration,…
  • To give you an example,…
  • To illustrate this point
Changing to a different topic
  • I?d like to turn to something completely different
Referring to something which is off the topic
  • I?d like to digress here for a moment and just mention that ?
Referring back to an earlier point
  • Let me go back to what I said earlier about …
Ordering
  • Firstly…secondly…thirdly…lastly…
  • First of all…then…next…after that…finally…
  • To start with…later…to finish up…
Summarising and concluding
  • In conclusion,…
  • Right, let’s sum up, shall we?
  • I’d like now to recap…
  • Let’s summarise briefly what we’ve looked at…
  • Finally, let me remind you of some of the issues we’ve covered…
  • If I can just sum up the main points..
Dealing with questions
  • Now I’ll try to answer any questions you may have.
  • Can I answer any questions?
  • Are there any questions?
  • Do you have any questions?
  • Are there any final questions?

 

GUESS: What does it mean to KISS your presentation?

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KEEP IT SHORT AND SIMPLE


Exercise 3 – VOCABULARY EXERCISE
Brainstorm the expressions with the word ?redundancy?.

 

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ADD YOU OWN IDEAS:

EXAMPLE:
redundancy pay
redundancy

 

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to make sb redundant
to make sb redundant
zwonić kogoś
to be made redundant
to be made redundant
być zwolnionym, zostać zwolnionym
redundancy pay / payment
redundancy pay / payment
odprawa pięniężna
collective redundancy
collective redundancy
zwolnienia grupowe
individual redundancy
individual redundancy
zwolnienia indywidualne
redundancy
redundancy procedure
redundancy procedure
procedura zwolnienia
redundancy process
redundancy process
proces zwoknienia
redundancy selection
redundancy selection
selekcja pracowników do zwolnienia
statutory redundancy pay
statutory redundancy pay
odprawa ustawowa
redundancy notice
redundancy notice
okres wypowiedzenia w przypadku zwolnienia

EXERCISE 4 – vocabulary exercise

Complete the sentences with the proper collocation.
Remember to use the collocations in a correct grammar form.

follow …
procedures
carry out
the …
procedure
claim
redundancy
pay
be entitled
to
be made
redundant
  • If your employer 20 or more employees in one establishment within a 90 day period, this is a collective redundancy.
  • You do not have from your employer, they should automatically pay it to you.
  • Some employees receive redundancy payments.
  • If your employer is making less than 20 employees redundant in one establishment they must certain .
  • If an employer uses redundancy to cover up the real reason for ending your employment, or if they the redundancy properly, it may amount to unfair dismissal.

 

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  • If your employer is making 20 or more employees redundant in one establishment within a 90 day period, this is a collective redundancy.
  • You do not have to claim redundancy pay from your employer, they should automatically pay it to you.
  • Some employees are not entitled to receive redundancy payments.
  • If your employer is making less than 20 employees redundant in one establishment they must follow certain procedures.
  • If an employer uses redundancy to cover up the real reason for ending your employment, or if they do not carry out the redundancy procedure properly, it may amount to unfair dismissal.

 

 

Exercise 5 – Improving your presentation skills
TOPIC: REDUNDANCY

Look at the slides below and prepare your own presentation. Use the expressions from exercise 2 (signposting language).

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Read the text which will help you to make the presentation.

If you are going to be made redundant from your job, you should be treated fairly by your employer and there are certain steps they would be expected to follow. You may also be entitled to a redundancy payment.

What is redundancy?

Redundancy is a form of dismissal from your job, caused by your employer needing to reduce the workforce. Reasons include:

  • new technology or a new system has made your job unnecessary
  • the job you were hired for no longer exists
  • the need to cut costs means staff numbers must be reduced
  • the business is closing down or moving

Collective redundancies

If your employer is making 20 or more employees redundant in one

establishment
establishment
firma, instytucja
within a 90 day period, this is a collective redundancy.

If your employer is thinking about making collective redundancies, they have a duty to consult with the representatives of employees that could be

affected
affect
oddziaływać, wpływać, dotknąć
. The representatives would be the employees? trade union official. If there is no
trade union
trade union
związek zawodowy
official, the employer must make arrangements for the employees to elect their own representatives.

If your employer fails to consult the representatives then a claim may be made to an Employment Tribunal for a protective award (a monetary award of up to 90 days pay).

Collective redundancies generally occur when there are:

Closures

The business or building that you work in closes, meaning your employer no longer needs as many employees.

Reorganisation or reallocation of work

Your business is going through a reorganisation or reallocation of work which does not result in a direct reduction of employees. This could be because your employer is taking on new recruits for the new work or some employees are being redeployed on new contracts with different terms and conditions, whilst others are made redundant.

Individual redundancies

If your employer is making less than 20 employees redundant in one establishment they must follow certain procedures:

  • your employer should select the employees fairly
  • you should be warned and consulted about the redundancy
  • your employer should take reasonable steps to redeploy affected employees
  • you should get any redundancy pay you are due, and be given the correct amount of notice
  • your employer should consider any alternatives to redundancy

If an employer uses redundancy to cover up the real reason for ending your employment, or if they do not carry out the redundancy procedure properly, it may amount to unfair dismissal. The rights to redundancy payments and collective consultation are claimed separately from

unfair dismissal
unfair dismissal
nieuzasadnione zwolnienie
.