Wednesday anecdote: Downsized employee not happy with outplacement services offered.
“It was a waste of my time,” she said. “I don’t know why they bothered spending money on those services. It was just one more insult.”
It’s never a joy to go through a downsizing. This client was laid off as part of a large restructuring where hundreds of her colleagues got the same bad news. The company hired an outplacement firm to help employees transition. Big brand. Recognizable name. Unfortunately, they chose a low cost plan and their efforts to provide help backfired.
“What didn’t you like about it?” I asked.
“It was very impersonal,” she began. “The first person I spoke with seemed nice, but the guidance was all very basic. It was a different person each time I called and they kept trying to shuffle me off to their on-line platform versus spending any time helping me.”
“It sounds like you’re looking for more direct human interaction and guidance,” I stated.
“Yes! I want help from someone who does this professionally, not just an on-line system with information I could find with a Google search.”
We not only helped her land her new job but she referred several of her former colleagues who had the same experience.
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