When employees are laid off due to economic downturn, employers of choice are increasingly providing an outplacement service component as part of their termination package.
Dr. David Sirota, founder and chairman emeritus of Sirota Consulting, has studied workplace behaviours and performance throughout his career. He says the most effective and humane layoffs provide financial assistance, outplacement assistance, and communications.
Organisations want to be seen, by their current employees, as doing the right thing. The provision of outplacement services as part of the overall redundancy package means it is less likely that any layoffs will result in a demise of motivation and loyalty for the staff still employed there.
Outplacement services provide support for retrenched employees by offering them counselling, career guidance, training and help looking for another job, and advice is also offered for those considering a change in career direction.
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