Investing in Outplacement Supports and Protects Everyone Involved in a Reduction and Helps to:
The workplace is evolving fast, and with change comes restructuring. Companies are letting go of people at a rapid rate, and reasons vary from financial cuts to refreshing outmoded skills. Layoffs are difficult to execute without backlash and are traumatic for employees both leaving and staying. Leaders struggle to properly break the news, and employees are devastated when they receive the news. Tough decisions are made, emotions run high, and lives are permanently impacted.
These high-stress business situations require strategic planning, empathetic communication, heavy focus on the mental health of everyone involved, and job search support for those leaving. That’s where outplacement comes in, and Right Management has helped over one million people manage layoffs for over 40 years.
No one wants to lose their job, especially during a recession when competition among job seekers increases. The loss of income, benefits, community, routine, confidence, and purpose causes mental chaos for the affected individual and their loved ones. Outplacement provides separated individuals with emotional support from professional coaches, a structured path to move forward, and critical resources to ensure they are prepared to enter the job market and land a new role quickly.
Ask an HR leader what the worst part of their job is, and most will say, letting people go. Reductions are morally difficult and only happen when necessary; detailed planning and consideration is required. Not to mention…the livelihoods of impacted employees, and the success of the business, are at stake. That’s a lot of pressure, but outplacement services take the burden and provide a clear roadmap to success. As an HR leader, exemplify the core values of your organization by taking care of your most valuable asset, people.
The notifying managers, who deliver the news to exiting employees the day of a reduction, play a critical role. They set the tone for the affected individual, and many notifiers are not prepared to handle the negative and emotional conversations that arise when someone learns they’ve been laid off. Outplacement services help notifiers construct supportive and transparent messaging, prepare for difficult situations, and compassionately interact with the people who just lost control of their career.
The people remaining at an organization after a reduction often experience survivor syndrome, which can destroy staff morale and productivity, and seriously impact employees’ sense of psychological safety at work. Providing outplacement helps relieve the anxiety and guilt survivors face. They are comforted knowing their separated friends and co-workers will receive support, and if they’re on the next layoff list, they’ll be supported too.
It’s no secret that large scale layoffs end up on the news. People pay attention to how companies treat their employees, especially those involved in a reduction. The people paying attention? Future job candidates, customers, and remaining employees. They are all needed for your organization to function, so keep their support by proving you care about your people – especially those exiting the business.
Building a meaningful employee experience starts at the end of the employee journey. How companies say goodbye to their exiting employees profoundly impacts the entire employee experience. For companies to build an alumni base of brand advocates, not detractors, they need to promote effective career or retirement transitions for those departing their organizations. Providing outplacement means when the talent you need tomorrow talks to your former employees, they’re hearing about a meaningful experience.
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Right Management has over 40 years of experience in outplacement and people performance improvement. With global capabilities, and a massive bench of career coaches and leadership experts, Right Management is ready to help companies successfully plan and execute a reduction. Contact us for program levels, details, and pricing. We’ll put together a plan that meets the needs of HR leaders, notifiers, and remaining/departing employees.