Employers Show Moral and Social Focus for Outplacement Services

June 28, 2007 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - Employers are moving toward outplacement service that supports individuals through to career success and is aligned with the employer's commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR), according to research by Right Management.

A press release on the research said organizations want outplacement services that are aligned socially and ethically with their own core values. Douglas J. Matthews, President and Chief Operating Officer of Right Management, said in the release that a recent poll found 85% of organizations consider CSR a critical component in the selection of an outplacement service and partner.

In addition, the research indicated employers want outplacement services that stay connected with individuals in transition through to achieving successful career objectives, including securing a new job, starting a business, or exploring work/life options. They also want outplacement services that give candidates more choices about how their services are accessed and delivered.

Employers want an outplacement service that engages separated employees more quickly so there is a faster connection between their departures and the start of their outplacement service.

The trends show an increased focus on results rather than on the outplacement process itself. According to the release, employers want outplacement services that provide more specific data on displaced employees and more meaningful measurements of candidate success.

“Organizations are seeking a new outplacement model that creates a shared partnership between employer and provider, and satisfies a growing demand to demonstrate elevated socially responsible and compassionate behavior,” said Matthews.

Right Management surveyed client organizations in numerous industries and more than 21,000 outplacement candidates in 19 countries for its research. More information is at www.right.com .