Terminations are never easy. Sometimes it can be a painstaking decision to let someone go. Employers faced with these decisions often ask us questions on how best to handle terminations and the aftermath so that the company and the employee can move forward. One option is Outplacement.
Outplacement can be compared to recruitment. While recruitment is about making the right choice, outplacement is about doing the right thing. You cannot take back a termination, but you can change how it is perceived and how it affects your organization, people, company brand, and the terminated employee. Since terminations have wide-reaching impact, all areas of an organization are left with questions when an employee exits. For example:
Terminated employee - Why me, and what now?
Manager who does the termination - Did I do the right thing and what could I have done differently? How will this impact...?
Coworkers and friends still employed at the company - Am I next and should I start looking? What will happen to the terminated employee?
Customers, suppliers, and competitors - Did you hear about that and who is next? How will this affect their business and my business?
To help mitigate these concerns, outplacement services can be used to bring about positive outcomes, such as:
- Moving terminated employees forward with targeted coaching for job loss, job search, resume development, networking techniques, and interviewing skills.
- Offering peace of mind, reducing stress, lowering anxiety, and improving attitudes. Terminated employees that are offered outplacement often have a better attitude toward their former company and current employees feel better knowing their former co-workers are getting assistance with finding a new job.
- Enriching your organization’s brand by demonstrating you take care of your people, both current and former employees.
- Reducing negative talk that might get back to current employees, customers, and suppliers via online forums, social media, and the community grapevine.
MRA recommends offering outplacement services immediately upon termination. Providing outplacement translates into better outcomes for all. Contact MRA today to learn more about our Outplacement services.
Source: Beth Mathison, Director of Employment Services, MRA - The Management Association