• Ross Mengel

10 Company Benefits of Outplacement

Retrenchments involve complex and difficult decisions and so are often delayed, then done in a hurry, adding to the risk of errors that affect the company and its staff. Here are 10 reasons why a company should consider using Outplacement as a service when retrenching, not only for the benefit of those who are leaving, but also for the organisation and other staff.

  1. Outplacement services help you to plan your staffing levels and do what needs to be done for your business to continue being profitable. The decision to retrench is thus made in a timely and cost-effective manner.

  2. Management is able to concentrate on the business, instead of being involved in what can sometimes be a very long retrenchment process.

  3. Laying off employees is stressful as it is and can be emotionally draining for all parties. Knowing that your company is offering an outplacement programme releases some of the emotional and mental pressure of retrenchment.

  4. Promotion, skills development and succession planning complications can be resolved.

  5. The treatment of departing employees is carefully monitored by those remaining and can result in the retention of key employees.

  6. The risk of litigation is minimised by good treatment of terminated employees, which is also a time-consuming and expensive activity.

  7. A supportive approach to retrenchment is good for the future reputation of the company and the recruitment of future talent, from an employer branding perspective.

  8. Support for outgoing employees helps maintain good relationships with individuals who could become competitors, important industry contacts or even potential alliance partners in the future.

  9. A well-managed Outplacement programme preserves organisational focus, promotes trust and sends an important message to all about the organisation’s sense of corporate social responsibility.

  10. Outplacement programmes are best practice in companies that believe in sustainable HR management.

If your company is planning the retrenchment of one or a group of employees and needs a proposal for Outplacement services, email info@dma-group.co.za or give us a call on +27 11 888 9009 and we will get back to you straight away.

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