Plant or Facility Closures often use the “group outplacement program” approach mentioned previously. However, other additional human resource programs may be needed to assist the leadership or management to cope with emotional and transitional issues. Since a closure may take a longer period of time, and business is still being conducted, a “Job Development Center” is often set up to help those employees who are immediately released, as well as those who are continuing to work until their release dates. Outplacement Workshops may be provided over a period of days, weeks, or months as employees are being released.
As with all other services, Compass Career Management customizes each one according to the needs and preferences of the company. Employers are usually focused on helping their affected employees as a way of saying “thanks for their loyalty and hard work, as well as an incentive to help wrap things up.
Our comprehensive plant/facility closing services include:
OUTPLACEMENT PREPARATION SERVICES
Provide assistance in the development of strategic and contingency plans involving closing process objectives, timing and orchestration of events, communication with communities, employees, media, etc.
Train in assisting managers and supervisors charged with delivering the termination message in “preparation for the meeting”; to communicate specific information effectively and sensitively; to minimize supervisor and employee trauma; and to ensure that company property and materials are returned.
Assist in spearheading community initiatives to support and on behalf of affected employees.
COMPASS CAREER will assist in maintaining a positive community image throughout the downsizing, which can include encouraging a positive public relations effort to all in the community.
STEPPING UP TO THE CHALLENGE SEMINAR
[A GUIDE FOR MANAGING WORKFORCES IN TRANSITION]
This is a half-day workshop focuses on the issues that managers and supervisors face in a downsizing or closing environment. The workshop is preceded by a survey to determine specific areas of concern to each participant.
CORE OUTPLACEMENT SERVICES
JOB SEARCH SKILLS WORKSHOPS
Salaried and Hourly Employee Formats
Conducted in three to four-hour sessions in one, two or multiple day formats encompassing three to twelve of classroom participation. Includes interested spouses, partners, and adult children.
Separate individual counseling sessions intermittently occur between workshops:
- Private resume construction session
• Interview coaching
• Individual Career and Life Planning
Although formal private counseling is encouraged for all participants, they are also encouraged to seek additional counseling as needed from COMPASS staff or other designated specialists. This service is included in outplacement costs.
RETRAINING & EDUCATION FAIR
In one central location, participants will be provided with information concerning available Dislocated Workers training opportunities, public and other available funding, and additional career transition support services to include access to pre-approved local colleges, universities, educational institutions and trade schools.
COMMUNITY RESOURCES WORKSHOP
Provides participants with information concerning the “special” local area resources available to individuals and families in transition
CAREER TRANSITION CENTER (JOB LEAD DEVELOPMENT CENTER)
The purpose of the Transition Center is to provide ongoing Career Transition support to include: additional counseling, job leads, contacting employers, and arranging interviews.
MONEY MANAGEMENT AND FINANCIAL PLANNING WORKSHOPS
Designed to provide participants with a practical, hands-on approach managing their current and future financial needs. Participants will learn how to identify and understand their financial status, to understand the choices that exist, and to plan all aspects of finances – budgeting, investments, benefit plan management, insurance, and estate planning. The workshop deals with extensive family matters, spouse/partner participation is useful and encouraged. No products are sold!
SELF-EMPLOYMENT EXPLORATION – DARE TO DREAM
Owning a business has always been a part of the American Dream; and today more than ever before, people are considering this option to career transition.
This exploration of the entrepreneurial spirit begins as a journey of learning, covering: the aspects of starting your own business from set-up to management of finances, marketing, forms of business, and record keeping. Interested spouses and partners are encouraged to attend.
Retirement Exploration (YOUR FUTURE PLANS)
A highly interactive, retirement education workshop designed to address the needs and concerns of employees and their partners, who are contemplating the transition to retirement.
A facilitated open discussion session in small groups for families and spouses to discuss concerns and questions, identify support roles during transition and review the job change process. Facilitated by senior counselor, former displaced spouse and young adult.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND AWARENESS SEMINARS
Generally conducted as a “community breakfast” with a target audience of community leaders, ministerial association, service groups etc. Taught by senior Compass consultants, in conjunction with designated company representatives.
PARTNER RELOCATION & CAREER COACHING
Provides the tool needed to encourage employees (who have dual income households) to accept transfer or relocation with the assurances that their partner will be assisted getting re-established at the new location.