Read an interesting article on Outplacement Services from the Sunday Independent dated 23.11.08.
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Outplacement and Redundancy services have many benefits for employers and employees. There is quite a bit of flexibility and options available to employers considering offering support to their staff. We work to the employer’s needs and their budget developing a bespoke solution to meet their situation.
1-1 Outplacement Programs
Individual programs are very popular with clients. They are normally offered for senior management and executive where the numbers would be smaller. This is not set in stone and some employers with high numbers affected by redundancy will often offer 1-1 programs over group programs.
What is a 1-1 Outplacement Program?
Outplacement programs offer a tailored solution for the individual. Sessions are completed in 1-1 format addressing needs specific to the individual. Therefore the individual dictates the content.
Typical areas covered include:
• Evaluating current career situation to help individuals understand themselves and provide career clarity. This will support individuals with career direction with the use of career assessment tools.
• CV writing and advice to help individuals market themselves more effectively and improve job application to interview ratio.
• Recruitment Strategies, job search skills and managing the job hunting process. This will prepare individuals for the job market and enable them to maximise performance.
• Interview coaching skills to make an impact at interview.
• Other topics include encouragement & support, self esteem, confidence and work life balance
1-1 Outplacement is a popular choice with employers however there are other options that can be explored. If you require information about outplacement please feel free to contact us now. Measurability offer outplacement solutions to employers in Ireland. We offer a flexible approach that will satisfy your requirements while working within your budget.
- Help reduce emotions such as anger and resentment
- Projects a positive image to customers, investors, employees and future employees
- Improves retention and increase productivity.What are the benefits of Outplacement Services for your staff?
- Help overcome the event and increase confidence and self esteem
- Support the transition into new employment, education or training
- Professional advice, career coaching, CV and interview coaching
If you are facing the possibility of making staff redundant contact us now.
Outplacement services are increasing in popularity in Ireland. Why? Read the papers. There has been an increase in redundancies and organisations want to support staff through this difficult period.
So why do some organisations offer Outplacement Services and others not?
You can have the arguement that some companies care and others do not. Personally I do not believe this. I feel that it is down to cost or FEAR of cost. When I speak to clients about Outplacement services the initial comments are “I could not afford this” or “Multinational offers redundancy support because they can afford it”. Believe me when I speak to clients about cost this is no longer an issue.
Cost of Outplacement services?
This will depend on a number of variables; the number of staff affected by displacement, the level of the staff, type of programs you want - 1-1 or workshop and your budget. An Outplacement and Redundancy program can be set up to meet your budget – and this is the important point.
The newspapers, television and radio seem to be awash with that dreaded word – redundancy. Everywhere I turn it is doom and gloom and if I believed everything I would be like fairytale character “chicken licken” and be waiting for the sky to fall down. Why is it being covered by the media? Well that’s what we want to read, see and hear.
Yes there are an increasing number of redundancy announcements in Ireland but there are as many job creation announcements. New job announcements don’t sell papers at this present time and they are often by the way comments. “BREAKING NEWS: 400 jobs lost in Dublin as the employment market takes another bashing. Oh and by the way a US multinational will create 3000 jobs in Kildare”. The reality is new job creation is matching and even exceeding job losses. There has always been redundancy in Ireland. Remember when the IT/electronics sector crashed in 2001. Our economy is moving from its manufacturing employment base and there are also shorter product life cycles through factors like increased competition and improvements in technology. You can expect redundancy announcements at a more frequent rate. Gone is a job for life.
There are two points to make on the redundancy topic. Firstly people believe what they read and this affects their outlook and reinforces their beliefs. I met a chap through work recently and the meeting reinforces this point. He was working in a job he didn’t like. He had been made redundant, struggled to find suitable work and therefore took up his current post. He commented that there was no work in the region and he could list five recent redundancy announcements with great conviction. There was no future and everything looked grim and everyone and everything was to blame except him (this is my next point but let me finish this one). As we spoke I opened the local paper I was holding in my hand and I pointed out the new jobs announcement in the next town. This individual had not seen the article. Why? Because he was only looking for the news he wanted to see and the stories that would back up his reality.
The other point is that that people respond differently to redundancy and they have different outcomes after redundancy. Why is this? I have worked with a number of organisations that closed their doors in various locations, trying to get work for those who were let go. I have always been amazed with how different people react. Comments like “I hated that job and thank God I got the push”, “Now I have the opportunity to go traveling” and “I am going to use the few quid to set up my own business” still ring in my mind amid all the doom and gloom. I guess these people are not victims to the event. If redundancy was the determining factor everyone would be miserable but this is not the case. There are those who do not blame the event but instead they take control of what the think and what they to do to get the outcomes that they want.
Yes redundancy is not a nice place to be especially for those with financial and family commitments. There is the fear, anxiety, stress BUT if you blame the event you have no control of your destiny. If you change your responses to the event and take action what seemed like a disaster could turn into a bright new future. So is redundancy the end of the world or the start of new beginnings? – well that is up to you!!
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