Lee Weisser M.Ed. PCC
SENIOR COACH, CAREERS BY DESIGN
Redundancy is an inevitable part of doing business in today’s volatile economy.
Outplacement services play a vital role in lessening the blow felt by both parties when it’s time to part company.
Outplacement agencies help laid off employees better acquaint themselves with the job market. They can also assist anyone exiting make a smooth transition to a new career.
These career management services are generally paid for by the employer. Along with severance pay and the usual benefits, outplacement is an increasingly common component of modern severance packages.
Outplacement services are beneficial not only to employees leaving the company but also to the organization itself.
There are many areas in which career transition services are useful for laid off employees.
Here are some of the main ways the best outplacement agencies work with employees:
It’s not just the outgoing employee that can reap the rewards of an outplacement service.
Organizations can expect to experience:
With sessions lasting anywhere from a few months to a year or more, career transition services ensure everyone can make a smooth shift with the minimum of disruption.
There are many sound reasons to choose our outplacement and career transition services.
We’ve been a leader in the career development space for over a decade.
Before we outline why you should choose Careers by Design, it’s worth mentioning our unique selling point.
Our core purpose is to help Connect Head & Heart.
We want your employees to Feel Better, Do Better & Get What They Want, Faster.
We’d like your organization to benefit, too.
So, what are our strengths, and how can that help you and your exiting employees?
A 2009 study for the Wall Street Journal by the American Management Organization looked into 265 US-based employers who needed to lay off staff. Over 2/3 of these companies decided to use career transition services. The median cost was $3589 for each employee.
There are many variables that can bring this figure down to as little as $1000 for hourly workers or nudge it over $10,000 with executive staff. Not only does outplacement for more senior employees cost more, they also tend to receive more extended services.
At the top end, outplacement could cost $25,000 so there’s really no clear-cut answer to how much career management services cost.
Get in touch with us. You’ll be surprised how little our services cost set against the value you’ll receive.
Opinion is polarized here.
Outplacement services have been operational since the 1980s but meaningful research into the overall effectiveness of these agencies is still limited. This is compounded by relatively few employers tracking whether outplacement works for them.
The key here is to realize that not all career management services are equal.
Criticism is often leveled at a poor ratio of coaches to employees, something you can avoid completely if you opt for the personalized attention of Careers by Design.
Some career transition services are happy to serve up generic and templatized resumes with limp cover letters. This can be particularly embarrassing if staff members end up competing for the same job vacancy using very similar marketing documents. Again, this is the opposite of the service you’ll receive from us.
Many employees questioned about the outplacement agencies they’ve worked with have complained about outdated and limited methods. Our pioneering and holistic approach ensures that your employees get all the assistance they need based on a strictly evidence-based methodology.
The most general gripes with career management services are centered firmly on a lack of individual attention and the general quality of advice by often unqualified counselors. Both of these flashpoints can be avoided if you put your trust in Careers by Design.
What we would never deny is that a bad outplacement agency will be nothing but a waste of time of money.
If, instead, you opt for Careers by Design, you can avoid adverse publicity and maintain a healthy working environment. Your employees can transition to new pastures effectively.
It really is a win-win thanks to the way we Connect Head & Heart.