The term 'workforce change' can be used to define a variety of scenarios, including the need for staffing reductions, and restructures - which may but do not always result in redundancies.
The need to consider workforce change can arise from a variety of reasons, including organisational requirements, declining resources, (e.g. funding cuts or redirection of budgets) changes in the way the organisation operates and changes in legislation or organisation practices.
In all cases, robust workforce planning, budget analysis and strategic forward planning should be carried out across the organisation so that the need for compulsory redundancies is avoided wherever possible. Where an organisation are embarking upon a workforce change procedure, which may or may not result in the need to make staffing reductions; HR advice should always be sought before this process commences.