Let’s face it, having to let someone go from their job, through no fault of their own, sucks. While it’s unpleasant for the employer, it has a huge and immediately negative impact on the employee. It can be panic-inducing: the sudden loss of income goes right to the basic needs in Maslow’s Hierarchy.

While a termination may not be avoidable, the landing can be made that much softer by offering outplacement services. Often previously reserved for Executives as a parting perk along with their severance package, it has become more mainstream to offer it to all staff who leave their employment through layoffs or without cause terminations. Employers recognize there is an ROI that helps protect their hard-won brand by promoting goodwill and demonstrating compassion. Employees can feel angry, abandoned, and hurt, and may want to lash out at their employer (think those negative social media posts, or ‘lawyering up’). With the help of an outplacement coach, employees have a sounding board and a shoulder to lean on that will also help them refocus and move more quickly into productive job-finding mode.

On the flip side, existing staff observe how departing employees are treated; by offering outplacement services it sends a positive message that you’ll take care of them should it ever come to that, and helps keep them engaged and productive on the job rather than worrying about what might happen if they were laid off.

Outplacement is fully-paid-for by the employer, and provides access for the employee to job search tools and support. This includes assistance in creating or updating their career portfolio (resume, cover letters, LinkedIn) for today’s job market, learning how to get back into job search mode, career assessments, interview coaching, and much more. The main goal is to help reorient the former employee to the existing job market, become more marketable, and land their new role faster than if they were left on their own.

To learn more about the outplacement services we offer, give us a call at 1-778-378-9397 or email jana@tullochconsulting.ca

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