Don’t leave terminated workers ‘up in the air’

Outplacement can mitigate employee’s loss of income, get him back to work faster
By Hanna Dunn
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/04/2010

Susan was the new HR director at a consumer products company. Her mandate was to cut two per cent of staff.

In an executive transition team meeting, Susan raised the question of providing outplacement services. The team gave her a blank stare, then asked: “What the heck is outplacement and why do we need it?”

Unprepared, Susan stammered something about “treating people with dignity.” The team voted against her.