If you had to reduce your workforce, would you provide outplacement services?

It’s a decision companies don’t like to think about and yet must be prepared to make. Many companies decide they don’t have the financial or human resources to provide outplacement support. If your immediate answer to this question is “no,” you may want to reconsider. Employee outplacement services can be an investment in your company’s future in ways you never have considered.

How you handle employee outplacement sends a clear message about your company.

The way you handle displaced employees has a big effect on your remaining employees. When they see people the company can no longer afford being treated with respect and concern, they feel valued and fortunate to still be with that organization. When they see the opposite, they are likely to feel as though they should get out before they are put out. This puts the effectiveness of your remaining team —the ones you are counting on during the downturn— in jeopardy.

It’s not hard to imagine the difference in morale and productivity of these two scenarios. If that’s not enough to convince you about the value of outplacement, consider this: the way you treat your outgoing employees also impacts future recruiting efforts. Nothing travels faster within an industry than bad news.

The partner you choose to implement your outplacement services is critical to how that message is received.

Like many companies, you may be completely unprepared to handle employee outplacement needs. When you partner with AvoLead, you are equipped to handle the situation, no matter how many employees need support. Our experienced advisors have decades of outplacement management experience enhanced with current knowledge of the most recent industry best practices – all of which will help you make the most of a tough situation. After a single outplacement engagement with AvoLead, you’ll wonder how you could have ever considered doing anything else.