November 2016
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Trainer’s Tips—Making the Best of a Bad Situation

As businesses change at the speed of light, companies need to make difficult decisions to cut costs or take a new strategy. Sometimes these business changes result in a layoff of some employees or closing a facility altogether.

The news of a layoff or company closure can be devastating to impacted employees who have worked hard and will lose their jobs through no fault of their own, but it doesn’t have to be.  To soften the blow, many companies offer “Outplacement Services” as part of a severance package. Outplacement services provide career resources & counseling by trained specialists who assist employees in navigating career transitions. 

Some companies, like Verdesian Life Sciences, really go above and beyond to meet the challenge of supporting their soon to be laid off employees. Verdesian Life Sciences determined early this year that they were going to close one of their manufacturing plants due to a redundancy after an acquisition. The parent company, located in North Carolina, wanted to make this transition as easy as possible for their loyal and talented staff. They contacted CEA and worked with our Training & Workforce Development team to develop a customized job transition training program and started it months before the actual layoff occurred! 

My team and I have never worked with a more positive group of soon to be unemployed employees. Plant manager, Bill Nebe kept the morale high as the core team closed the existing plant. Verdesian’s goal was to have many of their employees hired before they actually closed their doors. The benefit to Verdesian is a well-coordinated transition from one location to another and the knowledge that the company did all it could to see that its employees were hired and felt valued.

Verdesian made the best of what was a difficult situation, and a company with a heart will always be successful. Way to go, Verdesian! You have set the bar high, and we hope other businesses take notice.


—Daniela Devitt
     Director Training & Development
     ddevitt@employers.org
    800.399.5331
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