The traditional approach for companies is to engage an outplacement firm or center to deliver services to large number of people at one time. While this approach is cost effective for companies, it may not be the best approach for your departing employee—especially if they are an executive, senior manager, or motivated self-starter.
Companies that offer outplacement support do it for several reasons that include good will and risk avoidance. Make the investment count by offering the service that is most meaningful to the ex-employee and accomplishes your objectives.
Alternative Approaches to Outplacement
One of the best ways companies can help exiting employees is to think about the type of services that will best assist them and offer alternative solutions such as working with a career transition coach, who assesses the individual’s needs and develops a personal plan that is monitored with execution support. Career transition coaches often work with the more difficult situations where re-employment may require additional effort or focus.
The following chart outlines basic services with an outplacement firm versus using a career transition coach. The areas marked with “?” are not always offered to every job seeker.
Leadership Breakthrough, Inc. offers three tiers of programs:
- Three months for professional to senior management
- Six months for middle to executive management
- One year for senior to executive management
Learn more about our career transition services (PDF file):
Location is not an issue; as a career transition coach I work remotely with my clients via phone, SKYPE, or in person if the individual is based in Rochester, NY.