Healthcare Outplacement (3 Things HR Needs to Know)

June 20, 2017 by Josh Hrala

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The healthcare industry is in a state of flux right now with new reports of layoffs coming out nearly every day. This trend indicates that HR departments within the healthcare industry need to shore up their layoff plans to ensure they are preparing their outgoing employees to find new and meaningful jobs. This is where healthcare outplacement comes in.

We get it. Layoffs and downsizing are two factors of HR that are stressful, emotional, and no fun for anyone involved. However, it’s also a mandatory part of the job, which is why proper planning is vital for success.

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Besides handling the the layoff meeting properly, giving the employee the respect they deserve, it’s also important to have a well-rounded severance package that goes beyond a simple check. Most importantly of all is outplacement. Here’s what you need to know: 

So, What Is Healthcare Outplacement?

Well, to understand healthcare outplacement, you really just need to understand outplacement as a whole.

Here are the basics: healthcare outplacement is a service provided to exiting employees alongside their severance packages that helps them find new, meaningful work.

With healthcare outplacement, your employee knows that they are taken care of and that your organization hasn’t just kicked them out on the street with no plan. It’s a way to make sure your employee is going to transition to their new job easily and without all of the stress. In short, it’s just the right thing to do.

What Does Healthcare Outplacement Typically Involve?

At Careerminds, we use a technologically-driven approach to healthcare outplacement by utilizing online platforms and one-on-one coaching sessions over the internet.

This means that employees can use our service anywhere in the US. Also, unlike other firms, we have no time limit, an important distinction because many firms stop helping employees after a set number of weeks or months, greatly reducing the chances of them finding the job they want.

By using outplacement services from Careerminds, people typically find new jobs within three months, a rate that is much faster than the average job search.

For healthcare outplacement, we use the same approach, focusing on transitioning employees to new healthcare-related jobs or other markets depending on what the specific person wants.

So, if your organization is downsizing or experiencing layoffs, here is what HR needs to know about healthcare outplacement broken down into easy to digest pieces:

Healthcare Outplacement: 3 Essential Facts for HR

1. The Importance of Healthcare Outplacement

The goal of every HR department is to manage, council, and aid their employees. Many believe that this job simply ends when there is a layoff. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, your employee most likely needs you and your expertise now more than ever.

Think about it. Some people have worked one job for years or even decades before getting laid off. During that time, they made friends at the organization, had financial stability, and were sure of their future. That’s all thrown into the air when a layoff is announced.

Also, even if someone has worked a job for under five years, technology has dramatically changed the way we find work, apply to jobs, and even create our resumes. Healthcare outplacement helps your employee get back on the right track.

2. What Does Healthcare Outplacement Do For My Staff?

To put it simply, outplacement provides an easy path to a new job. This involves updating resumes, joining and posting to job boards online, searching the “hidden job market” (jobs that are available but not posted), figuring out what job would be the best fit, getting ready for interviewing, and all the other steps needed to secure a new role.

Healthcare outplacement works the same exact way as traditional outplacement services but can be focused in on healthcare specific jobs. So, if an employee is a nurse, for example, and wants to continue a career as a nurse, healthcare outplacement can help find new organizations and opportunities for the employee to do so.

It works the other way, too. If an employee wants to make a career move to a new industry or role, outplacement providers can help them along that journey, making a rather stressful situation a lot easier to handle.

3. What Can Healthcare Outplacement Do For My Organization?

In today’s world, your organization’s reputation is everything. With sites like Glassdoor becoming more and more popular, it’s important that you do everything you can for exiting employees because if you don’t, it could seriously impact what talent applies for positions at your company in the future and what customers you attract.

Handling layoffs and other offboarding-related procedures are of utmost importance for your company’s long term reputation. With outplacement, you can ensure that this reputation that has taken years to build comes out of a tricky situation unscathed.

Also, making sure your employees continue to have productive lives after they leave your organization is just the right thing to do. How would you want to be treated if you were the one getting laid off?

Healthcare Outplacement: A Summary

Here’s a brief synopsis to wrap everything up: Healthcare outplacement – like all forms of outplacement – is a service HR can and should provide their outgoing staff members to ensure they can find new jobs at other organizations.

At Careerminds, outplacement involves one-on-one coaching coupled with online learning to make these career transitions as seamless as possible. By using outplacement, you protect your employee and maintain your organization’s reputation. It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved.

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Josh Hrala

Josh Hrala

Josh is an HR journalist and ghostwriter who's been covering outplacement and offboarding for over six years. Before pivoting to the HR world, he was a science journalist whose work can be found in Popular Science, ScienceAlert, The Huffington Post, Cracked, Modern Notion, and more.

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