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June 2016

Frederickson Partners

A Beginner’s Guide to Outplacement Services

For any business owner, caring for your employees is a must. Over half of all companies -- 57% -- view employee retention as a problem, where 22% of new hires leave their jobs within 45 days of being hired. In 2015 alone, there were 2.7 million workers who voluntarily left their jobs, a 25% increase compared to 2013. But what happens if you need to fire or lay off an employee?

The best thing to do is to hire outplacement services. Why? Read on to learn more.

What is an outplacement company?

An outplacement company offers career coaching to employees who have recently been laid off. This service is paid for by the former employer, and usually aids individuals with their job search efforts along with executing and structuring their career after they leave their job. These individuals work with outplacement consultants for weeks or even months, as determined by their employer.

Why should you offer outplacement services?

Offering the use of a consultant is a great way to show that you care about your ex-employee. Many other business owners have used outplacement consulting services in the wake of a layoff, where it wasn't the employee's fault for losing their job. This method can also be used if one of your employees wants to transition out of your company into a different career path.

What should you look for in an outplacement company?

As with any other investment you make as a business owner, it is important to invest in an outplacement service that you can trust. Things to look for in the firm include:

  1. Background: make sure they have the proper credentials for your needs.
  2. Process: you need to make sure that you understand exactly what you are getting yourself into. Some questions to ask include "As the previous employer, do I stay informed throughout the entire process?" and "Does their way of communication suit my needs?"
  3. Location: if you must be present during the outplacement process, where is the company located and how will they handle things?
  4. Capacity: how many people can they offer services to? If you are laying off many employees, it is good to double check this before hand.
  5. Their success rate: have they been successful as a consulting firm? See if you can find any reviews on past successes to see if they are effective at what they do.

If you are interested in using outplacement services, the experts at Frederickson Partners are here to help!

HR Consultant & Contractor's Corner

Our hottest global HR contracting and consulting assignments include:

  • Providing Venture Capital and Private Equity Talent Partners with HR executive search, HR advisory, and compensation consulting expertise for their portfolio companies
  • Executive leadership mentoring and on-call support for CEO’s, CFO’s and HR managers at start-up companies in tech hubs that include San Francisco, San Mateo, Mountain View (Silicon Valley), Seattle, Chicago, New York, Salt Lake City, Boise, Washington DC, London, Berlin and Singapore
  • HR assessment for multiple startups ready to shore up their infrastructure before taking their businesses through a high growth stage or IPO
  • Coaching executive teams through strategic planning for their leadership development function including succession planning and creating career development paths and retention plans for high potentials
  • Interim Head of HR assignments with pre-IPO companies in software analytics, digital advertising, big data, biotech, and cloud-based service companies
  • HR advising for several European and Asian headquartered companies interested in relocating their global headquarters or building regional headquarters in San Francisco/Silicon Valley
  • Comprehensive review of compensation programs for post-IPO tech companies, including benchmarking and redesigning of short and long-term incentive plans
  • Customized, high-touch outplacement projects for pre-IPO and mid-sized companies in the midst of restructuring or integrating acquisitions

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About Frederickson Partners

Frederickson Partners (Frederickson Partners) is the top global HR and strategic People Operations executive search and consulting firm in Silicon Valley. Founded in 1995 and headquartered in Menlo Park, our mission is to help our client’s succeed by elevating their people functions. Our HR executive search and consulting capabilities stretch worldwide with global hubs in San Francisco, Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Seattle, Paris and Hong Kong. Clients range from startups to the Fortune 100 across diverse industries.

Outplacement Practice

Re–evaluating your outplacement vendors? Require a higher utilization rate for your outplacement dollar? Need higher touch services and consistency across all markets? Since 1995, Frederickson Partners is the outplacement firm of choice for sophisticated corporate buyers. Join the numerous Fortune 500 employers and small firms who have selected us over their previous vendor and are now enjoying the best of both worlds: each employee well taken care of, and consistency in every city.

Price shopping or need to customize a program? Contact our Corporate Outplacement Team at 650-614-0220 or email them at for more information on our outplacement services.

HR Consulting Practice

With the dramatic increase of global technology outsourcing and the continued geographic dispersion of corporate teams, the need for international human resources strategy, design, and project implementation has increased. Our global team of HR consultants has the specialized skills and breadth of expertise to develop and lead your initiatives—saving you time, money, and resources. We can manage the international recruiting function, help you hire key local managers or an entire startup team in an overseas market, and establish HR systems for global expansion.

Why clients choose Frederickson Partners:
  • Results-driven, value-oriented. To keep your HR programs in line with your corporate direction, we provide HR strategy, cost-effective HR infrastructure, and pragmatic HR advice across all critical areas of human resource management.
  • Any size, any stage. We draw upon years of experience with startups, midsize firms and large global enterprises to guide our clients strategically through any stage of growth.
  • Work smarter, not harder. In survey after survey, CEO's say the number-one issue keeping them up at night is "people problems." We help you solve them so that you can get back to focusing on your business.
  • Contact our HR Consulting Team at 650.614.0220 or email them at for more information on our HR consulting services
HR Executive Search Practice

Why clients choose Frederickson Partners as their human resources-specialized executive search firm:

  • Prompt results. The average time from start of search to presentation of the winning HR candidate is 21 days. 50% of HR searches are completed in less than 45 days.
  • Superior results. More than 95% of HR executives placed by Frederickson Partners are still with their companies five years following placement.
  • High client satisfaction. More than 90% of the firm's work is either repeat business or from referrals. A number of clients have been with Frederickson Partners for more than a decade.

You get:

  • Access to the best global human resources executive talent available through extensive networks built upon long–term relationships with U.S. and global executives
  • Customized HR executive search solutions that fit your goals, budget and timeline
  • Interim HR management during the search process, followed by an assimilation period to ensure a smooth transition
  • Interim HR management during the search process, followed by an assimilation period to ensure a smooth transition

Contact our human resources executive search team at 650.614.0220 or email us at to learn how your organization can reap the benefits Frederickson Partners can deliver: Improved performance and greater success through your most valuable asset—your people.

Diversity Statement

Frederickson Partners welcomes and encourages all diversity candidates to contact us directly. We highly value the diversity of our Frederickson Partners team, placement of diverse executives into our client companies and our diverse clients, candidates, and supplier partnerships. We want to help swing the pendulum the other way.

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