Top Five Advantages Of Outplacement Services

At Challenge Consulting, we understand the importance of guiding your exiting employees through this difficult process of career transition. Challenge Consulting’s accredited and experienced Career Transitioning Coaches are committed to facilitating solutions for both your organisation and your exiting employee which are professional, sensitive, practical and effective. For more information on which outplacement service would work best for you, click here.

It’s a story you may know too well: An employee isn’t performing well or you’re facing budget cuts — and you decide to cut your losses and say goodbye to certain workers. Unfortunately, this decision can put your former employees in a tough spot: A recent CareerBuilder study indicates that long-term unemployment can result in skills depreciation, home loss, and unresponsive employers. Outplacement services can be the key to solving these problems.


If you don’t have outplacement solutions in your HR back pocket, you need to give them a shot. Outplacement is a service that’s supplied by companies specialising in assisting an individual’s job search following a layoff or job loss, usually contracted by the employer. 


Here are some advantages to consider:


Maintain healthy relationships

No matter the outcome, displaced workers likely contributed to the success of your organisation at one point or another. Outplacement services help to maintain healthy relationships with displaced employees during a time when they may have a positive mindset. For example, providing relocation assistance or partnering them with alumni services are both ways to preserve your relationship and show that you care about their futures.  


Reduce unemployment

Severance pay alone is not enough to create new opportunities. While severance pay is often warranted, your displaced workers may have other needs. In fact, 45 percent of those who have faced long-term unemployment report skills depreciation. Outplacement solutions offering diverse options can fix this issue, such as resume assistance, career management, and networking advice, all of which can help them to secure a new job. In the end, this reduces that scary unemployment number and gets workers back on their feet faster than just a payout alone.


Liability protection

You have a corporate responsibility to your employees. That said, outplacement solutions can serve as a liability protection against possible disgruntled displaced employees. While you are no longer their employer, you are taking the necessary steps to ensure a smoother transition, avoiding any possible legal action. This includes job search assistance, interview preparation tools, and career assessments.


Increased productivity from current employees

Sometimes business is tough. But the following message is important to communicate to your employees: If things get too heavy — whether business is bad or you need a fresh start — the company will be there to help. Outplacement solutions show your dedication to your team, no matter how bad things may get. In turn, this can increase productivity and engagement from your current staff since they are aware of your commitment to them, displaced or otherwise.


Better brand

These days, image is everything. Outplacement solutions promote a great company reputation, demonstrate your commitment to current and former staff, and showcase your ability to provide the solutions modern professionals need, such as access to job boards, networking connections, or transfer options. Plus, when you have a better brand, you attract great people, innovative ideas, and more business for your organisation. If you look at outplacement services from this overarching perspective, you’ll find that it does a whole lot of good during a difficult time.


Displaced employees need more than just a pink slip with severance pay attached to it. They need real solutions that can help them to find a new opportunities. Outplacement solutions are a great way to transition employees to a new future, show that you care about your staff, all while maintaining your reputation and image.