As we grow older, each of us is continually examining and assessing our selves and our performance, particularly in the workplace. I speak as a man and hopefully, the ladies who, in addition to running a home, accept the burden of employment will join me in thinking this way!

The periods of self-assessment become  more relevant as we approach the end of our working life. Generally we conduct the assessment unemotionally and with a positive end result. However, when the words “restructuring, downsizing, re-organisation, consolidation” and other similar terms, start percolating through the workplace the assessment becomes emotional and stressful.  The spectre of Retrenchment is