May 6, 2020 – Over the years, executive search firms have expanded into an array of new business offerings, from leadership development and training to executive coaching and management assessment. Now, one search firm is offering career transition services to the tens of millions of employees suddenly laid off or furloughed as a result the economic devastation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Golden, CO-based Integrated People Solutions (IPS) is offering high touch outplacement services through High Potential Inc., the Chicago partner of OI Global Partners, an international executive coaching and development firm.
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“Integrated People Solutions believes organizations providing outplacement services to laid off or furloughed employees not only provides them dignity and assistance, it is a positive thing and provides significant goodwill to those employers of choice as it has an impact on current and prospective employees,” said IPS.
“In addition, employers offer outplacement to protect their reputations as desirable employers, to head off potential lawsuits and, in the instance where a lawsuit is filed, look like good guys, and to minimize their liability for unemployment compensation payments,” said IPS. “The key is to utilize an outplacement firm that provides effective services for former employees to help bridge the gap between unemployment and a new job.”
Helping Laid-Off Employees
Outplacement services consist of individual or group career counseling and advising, said the firm. Since many laid-off employees can be unfamiliar with current job searching techniques if they have not sought employment in a long time, training in job searching is provided.
High Potential Inc./OI Global Partners will help impacted employees: adjust to the job loss, better understand themselves and explore options, prepare a resume, prepare marketing materials and presentations, network and research the market, learn the art of interviewing, manage the campaign, learn negotiation strategies and learn to thrive in their new position.
They will also have access to OI Global Partners’ 24/7 career transition website, which has been designed for impacted employees and provides increased resources when they are looking for a new opportunity. The platform offers users current information in a variety of formats for clients with different learning styles and at different stages of transition, including:
Video topics – Five-minute mashups of interviews with various industry hiring managers and OI Partners career experts answering questions about all aspects of job loss, career change, job search techniques, and interviewing
Audio topics – Two-minute podcasts on job search topics
Written tutorials – Covering subjects from interviewing to retirement and entrepreneurship (consulting, franchising, starting your own business)
Fast classes – Short e-learning modules on additional job search and career development areas of interest
“While outplacement guidance can happen in person, right now it’s also possible to offer interactive outplacement services via video so an employee does not need to travel to see his or her career coach,” said IPS. Additional outplacement services are provided over the phone, by instant message and by texting.
“Often, outplacement isn’t about directly finding new employment,” said IPS. “For employees who may have been laid off because they have skills or experiences that are outdated in the workplace, outplacement often focuses on identifying ways to translate those skills to the current workplace or to find a new career path and relevant training.”
Integrated People Solutions’ core business is identifying, assessing and recruiting leadership talent into their client’s key positions in support of the business plan. Founded in 2000, the firm is a recognized provider of executive search talent solutions. The experienced and professional team work on assignments all over North America and even abroad for clients in various industries. IPS is a member of the international Kennedy Executive Search network.
High Potential Inc./OI Global Partners provides talent management solutions in over 110 offices in North America as well as offices in Europe, Latin America and Asia. The firm offers executive coaching and career development services from four main areas of practice: executive and leadership coaching, executive assessment/talent identification, talent management (succession planning, 360 assessment, team building) and career transition coaching.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media