Why Offer Outplacement?
One of the first questions employers want to be answered is “How does outplacement help our organization?” Employers of choice are constantly aware of the impact of their actions – including how they treat laid-off employees – on the minds and hearts of their remaining employees, as well as their reputation in the community.
Pragmatically, employers offer outplacement to protect their reputation as desirable employers, to minimize their liability for unemployment compensation payments, to head off potential lawsuits and in the instance where a lawsuit is filed, look like good guys.
Employers can use outplacement effectively to help employees bridge the gap between unemployment and a new job. You may be asking, “If the whole point of downsizing or rightsizing is to save money and spend less on personnel, how do you justify spending more money on outplacement?”