change management

You may have heard the term outplacement and wondered what it means. Outplacement is a service that helps employees transition to a new role, usually as a result of redundancy. When an organisation undergoes a restructure for example, roles can become redundant leading to employees no longer having a job. This is where outplacement services come in. Outplacement services are provided by specialist outplacement companies and by career coaches with expertise and experience in this area. The role of an outplacement company is to provide support to help employees transition into a new role. Some employees might require career counselling to help them deal with any emotional distress caused by redundancy or may require help making career decisions. Redundancy can be an ideal time for employees to consider their their career coals which might include changing careers or moving into self-employment for example. What does outplacement support include? Outplacement services...

[caption id="attachment_18674" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="The new career"] [/caption] "The career of the 21st century will be protean, a career that is driven by the person, not the organization, and that will be reinvented by the person from time to time, as the person and the environment change." D.T.Hall (1996) in Protean Careers in the 21st Century The most distressed clients I work with are those who feel they are the victims of change. They are often referred to me for outplacement by their employers wanting to support their employee as they transition out of the organisation. These individuals can face redundancy after having been with the company for many years, sometimes decades. They suffer with feelings of distress for a number of reasons. In some cases they didn’t see the change coming and therefore didn't have time to react. But more often than not, they were aware of the impending change but...