Supporting transitioning staff with outplacement services is a worthwhile strategy. It can help to retain remaining staff, protect an organisation’s corporate reputation and provide a valuable service to former employees. If you choose wisely among the many outplacement providers today, you will maximise the return on investment for both your organisation and former employees receiving the service.
When you are considering investing in outplacement services, here are five suggestions to help you select an outplacement provider that is right for your organisation and its specific culture.
Ask contacts for their recommendations for a company to use. Organisations like professional bodies or other trusted authorities may also have recommendations.
Select the right services
Discuss with the outplacement company the services you would like provided. Some companies only provide resume writing services. Others, like Glide Outplacement, offer a range of career transition services, from advice to coping with redundancy to practical job search support.
Have an initial meeting with the company – this should be free. Ask what programs and resources are available. This will give you an insight into the company as well as key information about their services and customer profile.
Enquire about the professional credentials of the company’s consultants. Ideally they should have advanced degrees, significant years of consulting and/or previous senior-level experience within an organisation. They should also have expert and up to date knowledge of recruitment and job-searching.
Choose support model
Decide whether your organisation will benefit from a service delivery model based on group workshops, in-depth one-to-one individual outplacement, or a mixture of both. Glide Outplacement offers both models, at times and locations to suit the participants. We also offer online support.