As we grow older, each of us is continually examining and assessing our selves and our performance, particualrly 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, reorganisation consolidation” and other similar terms, start percolating through the workpplace the assessment becomes emotional and stressful.  The spectre of Retrenchment is