The Role of Outplacement Services in Supporting Employees Through Organizational Restructuring

May 30, 2023 | Outplacement and Career Transition

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outplacement servicesWhile organizational restructuring initiatives are often necessary for businesses, they can be a difficult and stressful time for employees, especially when they result in employee layoffs. Outplacement services are an invaluable tool in helping employees manage their career transitions during these times of change. Outplacement services provide a safety net of support for employees who find themselves out of work due to organizational restructuring or downsizing. 

What Are Outplacement Services?

Outplacement services are a type of professional career transition service that assists individuals during the transition from one job to another. These services provide employees with personalized assistance in developing and executing job search strategies and help equip them with the skills needed to succeed in their new roles. Canada Career Counselling’s outplacement services also address the psychological and emotional challenges that can accompany a layoff.

The Benefits of Outplacement Support

The transition to a new job can often be a stressful and emotional experience. While outplacement services provide employees with the support they need to successfully transition from one job to another, they also have a number of benefits for organizations:

Improving Employee Morale

Outplacement services can help counter the negative impact of organizational restructuring on employee morale. By providing employees with access to career counselling, job search assistance, and skills training, outplacement services can help employees feel supported and valued during a difficult time.

Building Reputation and Corporate Social Responsibility

Organizations who provide outplacement services to their employees can benefit from increased goodwill and reputation. By showing that they care about the welfare of their employees, organizations can build trust with both current and future employees. By providing access to outplacement services during organizational restructuring initiatives, businesses can demonstrate corporate social responsibility in supporting displaced workers and protecting them from long-term unemployment.

Lowering Unemployment Costs

By utilizing outplacement services, organizations can help reduce the costs associated with terminations and unemployment. Companies that provide these services to employees are often able to lower their unemployment insurance taxes and save on other administrative and legal costs associated with layoffs.

Reducing Stress and Anxiety in Employees

Outplacement services can reduce the stress associated with job loss by providing employees with professional guidance and support. Through personalized career counselling, outplacement specialists provide employees with the tools they need to manage their transition into a new job.

Assisting Employees in Identifying New Career Paths

Outplacement services can also help employees identify new career paths and opportunities. By providing guidance in areas such as resume writing, interviewing skills, and networking, outplacement specialists can help employees explore different job options and make informed decision about their future career path.

How Outplacement Services Help Employees Navigate Career Transitions During Organizational Restructuring

Career Guidance and Assessment

Outplacement specialists can provide employees with personalized career guidance and assessment to help them identify their strengths, interests, and areas of development. Through this process, outplacement specialists can help employees gain clarity on the direction they want to take in their careers and develop a plan for achieving their goals.

Resume Review and Interview Preparation

Outplacement services also include resume writing and interview preparation. Outplacement specialists can provide feedback on resumes, cover letters, and interview techniques to help employees stand out amongst their competition.

Job Search Strategies and Networking

Outplacement specialists can also provide personalized job search strategies and networking advice to help employees identify potential opportunities. By helping employees maximize their personal networks, outplacement specialists can open the door to new job possibilities.

Emotional Support and Career Transition Counselling

Outplacement services provide emotional support for employees during a difficult transition. Outplacement specialists can help employees cope with the stress of job loss and manage their emotions in an effective way.

Offer Negotiation Support

Outplacement services also provide negotiation support for employees who are offered a new job. Outplacement specialists can provide advice on salary, benefits, and other contractual terms to ensure employees get the best deal possible.

Post-Placement Support and Follow-Up

Finally, outplacement services provide post-placement follow-up to ensure employees have successfully transitioned into a new job. Outplacement specialists can help facilitate ongoing career planning and review performance objectives with the employee to ensure they are on track in achieving their goals.

Get Started with Our Outplacement and Career Transition Service Solutions Today!

At Canada Career Counselling, our team of experienced Career Counsellors and Career Coaches provide personalized outplacement services to help employees transition into their new roles. Our team offers a range of services including career counselling, job search assistance, resume building, and skills training.

Outplacement services can help your organization lower unemployment costs, reduce administrative costs associated with layoffs, and show your commitment to supporting employees during their career transition. Outplacement services are a win-win for both organizations and employees.

We understand the importance of providing support during times of organizational restructuring and are dedicated to helping our clients manage their career transitions with confidence. Contact us today to find out more about our outplacement services and how we can help you support your employees through career transition.



  • Dr. Laura Hambley

    Written by Dr. Laura Hambley, a Registered Psychologist and Founder of Canada Career Counselling. Laura is a thought leader on Career and Workplace Psychology, passionate about career development, having helped individuals and organizations navigate the latest trends impacting today’s organizations since the late 1990s. She is a sought-after keynote speaker for organizations, associations, conferences, and events. Click here to learn more.

    To schedule a 15-minute complimentary consultation with Laura, email our team at [email protected] or submit an inquiry form here. You may be able to use your insurance plan or extended health benefits to cover counselling and assessment fees.

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