In this article (penned by our own Judith Lindberger and Raymond Lee) we learn that nearly 25% of Americans have been laid off since the Great Recession. That's a HUGE number! They also note that many organizations will continue to face the threat of layoffs well into 2013. Layoffs have become a common part of life, and Careerminds is here to help employees and organizations through it. Communication, severance, outplacement and helping the remaining employees cope are just a few things that this article touches on.
The sooner you get an employee registered in an outplacement program, the quicker the employee will be focused on his or her next opportunity rather than looking back at a closed door with resentment.
This is a great article to help an organization find an outplacement service with the right goals and services. Here, they are stressing emphasis on a tailored experience for outplacement candidates. Personalized exit interviews to assess individual outplacement needs are just one of the many suggestions for better outplacement service. They also stress the importance of options, tools and adequate services to ensure preparedness and ultimately a new position for outplacement users.
Careerminds focuses on helping transitioning employees with advanced learning techniques and social media to ensure complete follow through.
Outplacement services can be used in conjunction with traditional severance packages for laid off employees, in addition to continuation of health benefits and a severance check.
Using outplacment to promote retention? It actually works. In this article, Evan Carmichael explains how outplacement can enhance your employer brand and employee engagement while minimizing the impact of the transition on everyone. Outplacement is seen by current and former employees as a far more favorable outcome to the necessary evil of layoffs. While layoffs are now a part of our employment culture, they don't have to be a terrible time for everyone involved. Outplacement services should be in place for just that reason.
...it essentially fosters positive post-employment relations, both internally and externally, which in turn enhances the employer reputation in the wider community.
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From Good Men Project
Whatever industry you're in, it's always important to force yourself to see from different perspectives. In this article, there are no pointers, no “Top 4 Ways...”, and no templates. Here, we follow the author Mervyn through his own personal experience with outplacment. It's a quick and good read to help us keep a foot in the other side of our professional world.
“Termination had been a shock but no real surprise. For weeks I had endured a sickly cordial relationship with my new superior. We said, “Good morning,” “Have a good lunch” and “Did you have a nice weekend?” to each other until I felt entirely drained of bromides.”
And for our fifth resource, please download the latest Careerminds mini-white paper. It's an in-depth preview of our full white paper and survey results on Outplacement in the Workforce, in conjunction with industry analyst Sarah White. View below or download here.