Am I - Voluntary
Non-compulsory selection could be by voluntary redundancy.
This is a more expensive method for the employer since long serving
employees may be attracted to higher redundancy settlements. It is not
uncommon for employers to offer higher redundancy payments as an incentive
for staff to leave.
However, this method may result in a disparity in the remaining experience
and skills and affect the productivity of the company. Indeed, many
redundancy agreements approve the employers' right to decide on who
should be allowed voluntary redundancy and who should not. So if an
employee applies for voluntary redundancy it is not certain that it
will be allowed.
The employee should also consider whether a failed application would
affect future career prospects.
Another method for non-compulsory selection could be by early retirement,
again more expensive, but on the positive side it has less serious effects
on the morale of the workforce.