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Company Restructure Scenarios: See Why Outplacement is a Good Business Decision

While going through a company restructure, it’s natural for budgets to tighten. This might make outplacement support seem an unnecessary spend. However an investment in outplacement is a good business decision to help maintain employee engagement, minimize unemployment tax costs and mitigate the risk of legal action. “By offering outplacement support to your exiting employees, your company demonstrates your commitment to your people,” says Bridget Quinn Kadolph, vice president of Client Services at IMPACT Group. “Career transition support for exiting employees sends an important message to your remaining staff. It helps establish trust and protects your brand.”

A lifeline of support for everyone involved – managers, separated employees, and remaining employees – has the power to change the outcome of a difficult situation. Consider these two scenarios:

Scenario #1: When Outplacement Support is Forgotten during a Company Restructure

Joe is a production manager who has been with your company for 15 years. When Joe’s position is eliminated due to a company restructure after an acquisition, he doesn’t receive outplacement support. This leaves him without help to land a new opportunity. He leaves your organization angry, disappointed, and with a bad opinion of your business practices.
As Joe stews over this in the following weeks, he bad mouths the company to family and friends. He shares negative remarks on social media. Joe contemplates ways he can get even with your company. In addition, he considers contacting an attorney to discuss legal action. Since Joe did not receive support for his job search, he is out of work for more than 27 weeks.* Your company is exposed to increased unemployment tax experience ratings. This potentially affects the tax rate the state charges for ALL of the payroll that is generated.

In the weeks and months that follow the company restructure, office morale takes a significant hit.


Surviving employees constantly worry about their friends. They wonder how long it will take them to land on their feet. They even use work time to help them network or watch for opportunities. Feelings of insecurity increase as your employees think about the future of your company. Rumors spread that more cuts are on the way. Management is quiet about the situation and does nothing to confirm or deny the rumors floating around the water cooler. Some of your most valuable employees turn in their resignation slips, staying ahead of the next rumored layoff.

Scenario #2: When Outplacement Support is a Priority during a Company Restructure

Becky is a quality control director who has been with your company for seven years. She is shocked and saddened when her job is eliminated due to a product line becoming obsolete. But she receives outplacement support to help her quickly secure a new role. Now she is hopeful because she has support to get her career back on track.
After Becky takes time to process the news, she engages with a career coach to start her job search. Her career coach helps her accept that your company had tough business decisions to make during the company restructure. Together, they create a plan to tell loved ones and professional connections about the news. Becky completes a career assessment and decides she wants to refocus her career on product development. She tells her family members and friends how grateful she is for extra support.

By using a job search program, Becky lands a new position is just 14 weeks – half the time of the national average.

Compared to Joe’s situation, your company reduces exposure to the amount charged to the state unemployment account. This also potentially reduces the effective tax rate.

The Benefits of Outplacement Support

With an outplacement program in place during a company restructure, managers receive training so they properly handle difficult conversations and address low morale. They learn how to support surviving employees so they feel secure and confident with the company. Employees frequently meet with their managers to discuss their concerns, which allows them to be heard and minimizes the rumor mill around the office.

As you can see, outplacement support goes further than supporting separated employees – it saves your company’s brand reputation, minimizes unemployment taxes, and boosts employee morale at the office.

“Losing a job is frightening. Extra support is crucial to ensure the employee gets his/her career back on track and your company moves forward as soon as possible,” says Bridget. “For a small investment upfront, your company can reap ROI benefits from multiple areas, leading to a brighter future for everyone after a company restructure.”


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*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Average Weeks of Unemployment