We support our clients and their excess staff through the difficult process of separation by creating an outplacement program that meets their exact needs. For the excess staff these needs typically cover:
- The private / public sector employment market
- Interview techniques
- Resume writing and the application process
- Owning / managing your own business
- Further education and skills development
- Stress and time management
- The emotional and practical aspects of retirement
We offer two broad bands of outplacement services. The first are information sessions and workshops conducted for groups, while the second are services aimed at dealing with individuals on a one-to-one basis in order to address specific needs.
For those who require it, our outplacement process can also focus on bringing the individual through the stages of denial, anger and in some cases depression, to a state of acceptance of their situation. It is only in this way that individuals are empowered to take control of determining their future. As Psychologists we are best placed to support excess employees who are having difficulty coming to terms with their situation.
In all cases, we complement the process with an assessment of skills so as to optimise their employability and chance of success. Action planning and individual goal setting are a natural adjunct to this process and assists individuals in tracking their progress.
For our clients, we make sure that your brand is protected in the market. We achieve this by managing the message that you are investing in the future of your excess staff by offering outplacement and that difficult times do not mean that you walk away from your most important asset - your people.
We have packaged together 3 levels of outplacement services these are differentiated by the amount of time an outplaced person spends in the program. The three outplacement programs are Bronze, Silver and Gold and are outlined below. All programs are facilitated and managed by Paul Dickinson, Registered Corporate Psychologist. All sessions are strictly confidential so as to build trust and foster an environment of support and encouragement. Outplacement services can be delivered nationally. We make sure that all excess staff are treated with the utmost respect and dignity.
Bronze Program is 6 weeks of continuous support. That is, the excess staff member can visit us as many times as they like in a 6 week period and also receive unlimited email and phone support. They can get help with their CV, have their cover letters of application reviewed, receive guidance and support, improve their interview skills, examine further education options to improve their skills, etc. They can receive any career related assistance that they like for that 6 week period. The Bronze program is generally designed for people earning up to about $50,000.
Silver Program. The Silver program is only differentiated by the fact that it is 12 weeks rather than 6 weeks of support. Again, the excess staff member can visit as many times as they like and receive support for twelve weeks. The Silver program is typically suited to people earning between $50,000 and $ 100,000.
Gold Program. The Gold program is 26 weeks of support and is suitable for executive and senior management earning in excess of $100,000.
Custom Program. If the Bronze, Silver or gold programs don’t suit your needs we can design a program that does by offering a combination of group workshops and or one-on-one sessions. Group Workshops are for groups of 8 or more excess staff. They are held at our office or at the client’s office and can be one day or two days in duration. We can also offer as many one-on-one sessions that you would like per excess staff member. It is in these one-on-one sessions realistic action plans are designed and the excess staff member can discuss their needs and plans in a confidential environment.
We can assist clients plan for restructure. We can objectively assess the skills that are required to take the business forward and then assess the skills of the current staff to independently make recommendations as to who should remain and who should become excess.
Advising the excess staff
We can advise the excess staff of the decision and sensitively manage this message.
Assisting those who remain
We can work with those who remain in the organisation to better cope with often increased workloads and perceived uncertainty about future restructures. We work with the staff who remain to help manage issues that present so as to insure productivity remains at an acceptable level.