Convincing CEOs on Outplacement Services

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In today’s ever-evolving business landscape, organisations often find themselves faced with the challenging task of downsizing or restructuring. This inevitably involves letting go of valuable employees. As HR managers take on the responsibility for managing these transitions, it becomes paramount to convince CEOs about the immense strategic value of outplacement services for exiting employees.

This article aims to provide HR managers with insights to make a compelling case for implementing outplacement services and the significant benefits they bring to organisations.

The Power of Outplacement:

Outplacement is a comprehensive support program designed to assist employees in finding new employment opportunities after being laid off or made redundant. It offers professional guidance, resources, and training to empower individuals during their career transition. While the primary focus is on supporting employees, outplacement programs also deliver tangible benefits to organisations and their bottom line. Learn more about outplacement services here – .

Fact – Maintaining a Strong Employer Brand  Matters:

A strong employer brand is critical for attracting and retaining top talent. While your organisation may not be recruiting now, in the future it is likely you will be. Offering outplacement services demonstrates an organisation’s commitment to supporting employees, even during challenging times.

According to a research study conducted by LinkedIn, 75% of job seekers consider an employer’s brand before applying for a position. By providing outplacement support, organisations can enhance their reputation, leading to a more positive perception among potential candidates and a higher likelihood of attracting top-tier talent in the future.

Fact – Organisations are made up of friendships and social relationships and employee engagement is impacted when staff feel ‘one of their own’ has been negatively impacted by redundancies:

We often forget that employment is also often a social network of sorts. People care for people. If people see individuals being ‘discarded’, or treated unfavourably, they often start to question their own loyalty and commitment to the employer. After all if my employer would treat x like that, perhaps they would also treat me the same! And so getting exiting employees into other work as quickly as possible not only benefits these individuals but their colleagues also!

Employees appreciated the organisation’s commitment to their well-being, resulting in increased loyalty and decreased negative sentiment towards the company. This positive perception contributes to a healthier and more engaged workforce

Offering outplacement services increases the timing exiting employees get back into work. A survey conducted by the Career Transition Partnership found that 92% of employees who received outplacement support secured new employment within six months. This statistic highlights the effectiveness of outplacement in facilitating successful career transitions for exiting employees.

Fact – Survivor guilt is real

The benefit for employers is that the sooner ex-employees find other work the sooner the existing staff feel OK about working at the organisation. Survivor guilt is a real thing, and the best way to minimise this guilt for remaining staff, is by assisting exiting employees lands on their feet as quickly as possible.

Convincing CEOs about the strategic value of outplacement services for exiting employees requires a well-researched and data-driven approach. By highlighting the  enhanced employer brand, higher reemployment rates, and impact on remaining employees HR managers can make a compelling case.

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Kris has over 20 years executive HR and executive coaching experience in Australian corporates. With a Masters Degree in Leadership, she works with senior executives to both improve their leadership performance and achieve greater career satisfaction.

Author: Kris

Kris has over 20 years executive HR and executive coaching experience in Australian corporates. With a Masters Degree in Leadership, she works with senior executives to both improve their leadership performance and achieve greater career satisfaction.

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