What is outplacement?

Outplacement services provides exiting employees the help and support to confidently navigate the job market, and transition into new roles quickly and effectively. Outplacement ensures employees can focus positively on their next career step giving them direction in an increasingly complex and fast paced job market.

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Why do organisations provide outplacement?

Employer Brand Protection
Minimise Litigation
Employee Engagement
Effective Change Management

What value does outplacement provide?

Outplacement is a well-established service in the UK, adopted by thousands of responsible organisations who recognise the importance of supporting employees as they leave the business. Historically, outplacement was predominantly focussed on those in senior positions but in a modern context, organisations now provide employees with Outplacement Support at all levels and grades.

Outplacement is now widely recognised as an integral part of the employee lifecycle, ensuring that employees leaving the organisation feel supported as they move onto the next phase of their career as brand advocates for the Employer.  When done well, Outplacement Support has the ability to impact organisational performance, create employment, generate wealth and ultimately change lives.


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How can Collingwood help you?

In brief, our outplacement programme includes:

  • Discovery meeting to understand the client, their career aspirations, understanding of the job market and understanding of the themselves (personality and leadership skills etc.. using validated psychometric profiling)
  • Provide details on the job market and the different routes to identifying a new job opportunity
  • Create relevant collateral that will represent the client (CV, LinkedIn profile and a content strategy) and raise awareness of them with target employers
  • Identify tools and techniques to maximise and build their personal and business network to provide value in the job search
  • Interview techniques
  • Support until the client secures a new job

Why do organisations provide outplacement?


Employer Brand Protection

Platforms such as Glassdoor and the prolific rise of social media, means that it is very easy for an organisation’s brand reputation to be damaged if they mismanage change processes. While redundancies are never easy to manage, providing valuable support to departing employees decreases the risk of reputational damage significantly.


Minimise Litigation

A former employee who remains out of work for an extended period can be a future problem for an organisation as frustration with their job search can result in them blaming their previous employer for their situation. Giving departing employees the opportunity to focus on positive next steps ensures they feel supported and means they are less likely to seek redress against the organisation.


Employee Engagement

When organisations manage change within their business, the impact is not just on those directly affected. Employees that remain within the organisation look carefully to see how the organisation has treated their colleagues and friends who have left. Organisations that can demonstrate that they have supported those employees are in a much better place to encourage and protect engagement and productivity of the remaining employees.


Effective Change Management

While the message of redundancy is always difficult, being able to communicate and deliver highly effective support to employees can help manage a smooth transition through Consultation periods and beyond.

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