companies are finding themselves in an unprecedented
arena of change.
Forget airliners, terrorists and anthrax. These
matters tend to be overridden
when compared with the day to day issues of
regulation change, new tax regimes and market
managers, the human dimension is one of continued
stress and difficulty. When
the decision is made to "cut staff" or
"retrench" there are not only the
emotional, personal issues but also the reputation
of the company to consider.
This is when a professional approach, which is
affirmative of the employee
and gives a positive future vision of change, can
have significant benefits.
The first is
that the company retains its integrity in the
process. Despite the
negative emotions which can surface for the
employee, there is a view established
that the company is simply not walking away, but is
taking a real
involvement in the future of the person who has
served the company previously.
The second is
that the person who has been retrenched is not
simply cast on their own resources, but they are
given proper professional help in transition.
This involves a professional counselling of the
person to establish
their view of
themselves and their marketplace strengths. From
there to offer guidance and
support when looking for future job opportunities
and to effectively communicate
their skills and benefits to a prospective employer.
If a company
invests in this service on behalf of those who have
to be retrenched
there are some hidden benefits. Yes, business
reputation and the keeping
of employee morale, together with the real
possibility that valuable trade
initiatives and secrets will be kept intact through
People have put together a significant package of
for both sides of this difficult equation.
People help with the human change issues which face
There are times when
management is a special kind of loneliness. Often it
the points of business change. The most stressful
times are when a business
decides to expand or contract. In
either situation, there are people issues to
address. This is when it helps
to have an independent and professional contact
outside the company. Someone
who can act as a sounding board and as a part of the
process to ease the
tension of the emotional issues. Discovering People
has been a significant
partner for many businesses in times of change both
as a consultant
and as a service provider.
In a time of
contraction, Discovering People can enable
management to effectively
deal with the issues raised when having to ask
valuable staff to take
leave or leave the company completely. This is an
emotional process for both
sides and an independent party can often smooth
otherwise ruffled feathers.
staff member who is being retrenched can then
new career focus and exposure to the job marketplace
Discovering People network. The transition from one
workplace to another is
eased and some of the possible long term feelings on
both sides defused.
company is in expansion mode, there are growth
problems which can also
create tensions. Decisions as to when to hire staff,
when things are getting
to overload stage, how to position new people in the
structure, can all
be a drain on the company's time and energy.
People can provide people solutions in quality
temporary and permanent
personnel. Discovering People are specialists in
Business Support, Accounting,
Sales, Marketing and Management placements.
Discovering People about where you are as a company.
We'll put in place
with you a plan of people management that will be
professional, cost effective
and a positive comfort zone for both management and
Working with a wide
range of organisations to provide quality temporary
recruitment solutions across Business Support,
Accounting, Sales and
Marketing and Management functions.
Working with companies
to provide support to retrenched employees by
counselling, career guidance
and help looking for another