Outplacement is a service paid for by employers to support members of staff during redundancies and other employment transitions. While redundancies can understandably cause anxiety and stress, offering outplacement support is one thing an employer can do to help you during this challenging time.
What is included in outplacement services?
What is included in any outplacement service is often dependent on the particular employee’s needs, the employer’s budget and what the outplacement service provider offers.
Typically, services include some combination of the following:
What are the costs of outplacement services?
Since outplacement is customised to suit your needs, there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ cost. You may wish to negotiate with your employer about what it is you really need to support you with your transition. We often find that long-standing employees need a more thorough service than those who have more recently joined the organisation. This is purely due to them having been ‘out of the game’ for some time, and needing a refresher on current best practices.
When should outplacement be completed?
It is important that outplacement be delivered promptly, ideally it should be offered at the time of your redundancy notice, and you should be able to take it up sooner rather than later. If outplacement is delayed, negative feelings often tend to build up, instead of allowing for a focus on the future and next steps.
Managing negative feelings
You may have feelings of sadness or even anger over your redundancy. The most effective outplacement specialists are trained in counselling and can offer you the opportunity to process your negative feelings, whilst also supporting you with your plans for the future.
For more information, view our Outplacement Services here.