If they leave with good experiences, they may refer talent and even serve as brand ambassadors. Some may even become your best clients. If they leave with poor experiences, however, they can cause great damage to your brand.
There are times when talented employees no longer fit roles in your organization or when layoffs are needed. These situations are necessary, but never pleasant. It is important to consider what happens in the aftermath of these employee separations. Might there be a way to make their career transitions easier?
While you’re under no specific obligation, providing outplacement services can create a “silver lining” for your company and for departing employees. Let’s look at what career transition services can offer and how you can use them to help make the exit process less traumatic.
Give employees the confidence and encouragement to find another job.
What Are Outplacement Services?
Outplacement services are offered by employers to recently separated employees. They work with a partner, like Sigred Solutions, to provide career counseling, placement services, and general advice to outgoing talent.
While exiting employees may no longer fit with your organization, they have valuable skills they can use for other positions in the future. Providing outplacement services supports these employees to discover tools they can use to move forward.
Part of outplacement services is career coaching. Our team help your exiting employees with resume writing, interviewing advice, and other insights that can help them find their next position faster.
Career coaching is a comprehensive approach that can help each employee reflect on skills and experience and figure out the best next step in their career. Outplacement professionals have years of experience working with job seekers and can provide essential and timely insights to help them get a head start.
Your Employer Brand
While the mission of outplacement services is to help current employees find new positions faster, it creates goodwill around your employer brand. When you hire again, the employee experience with outplacement services may generate positive word of mouth regarding employment with you.
Your employer brand is becoming increasingly more important. Layoffs and employee separations are an uncomfortable, but sometimes necessary, course of business. What you don’t want to see in the future is a smear campaign on your reputation as an employer. Making the separation experience less painful will help drive positive engagement.
Current Employee Retention
Tensions can run high in the wake of a significant layoff. And for the remaining employees, there is understandable fear and uncertainty. They may wonder if another round is imminent or if they might find themselves next on the chopping block. One of the best ways to calm fears for the future is to provide outplacement services to exiting employees.
When remaining employees see that you are working hard to take care of people who did so much for your organization is a big step in developing trust. While they may still have some concerns about what the future holds, they will also know that you’d behave in a similar manner if separations happen again.
Do you need outplacement services for your team? Sigred Solutions is your recruitment partner. We connect great employers with amazing talent and stay to support your success. Call us to learn more today.