4 Steps to career change success: #1 Stabilise

4 Steps to career change success: #1 Stabilise

If you are personally facing the prospect of redundancy or you are a Company having to make the tough decision to make others redundant then we really recommend you follow this series of blogs and see how Newleaf enables our clients to face into this transition and achieve positive success.  Position yourself for positive change  In my many years experience in HR I think I have witnessed a broad range of responses to redundancy: ‘How am I going to pay my mortgage?’ ‘No-one will employ me at my age.’ ‘I’ve only ever done this, I can’t do anything else!’ ‘I don’t know how to tell my family.’ ‘I don’t understand why this has happened to me.’ Redundancy is one of life’s top 5 most stressful events, so ensuring you or your employees get the right support is a key part of your social responsibility. So, what support do we offer in this potentially traumatic initial phase of career transition support?  Firstly, we listen. With a confidential and empathetic ear is a good starting point. We offer independent, confidential and non- judgemental support through strong rapport and high quality listening.  Ranting, venting, crying and rationalising are all absolutely encouraged – we prefer to hear this rather than potential future networking contacts. We then need to move from a counselling role into a coaching role to enable our clients to move forward. This is a delicate process and as seasoned professionals our team read this well. We support our clients to achieve a good exit from their current employer as this is an important step in terms of closure, self-respect and...
Turn redundancy into an opportunity: 4 steps to career change success

Turn redundancy into an opportunity: 4 steps to career change success

As a seasoned HR Director and now the proud MD of Newleaf Limited, I am passionate about providing results focussed outplacement support.  Putting people through a process and pretending we have done our job is just not what we are about in Newleaf. Our results speak for themselves: With our help, 97% of employees displaced in a recent factory closure found their next career step in just 3 months. When we analysed what makes our approach so successful, the following became clear: Our approach is flexible to the needs of the individual’s we work with (i.e. it is NOT formulaic – even when we work with large groups) We enable and empower our clients to drive their own success We support and facilitate our clients through 4 distinct phases using strong coaching skills and domain expertise. This is the first of a series of blogs where we will explore these phases in more detail. Let’s start with an overview. Phase 1:  Stabilise – Positioning yourself for Positive Change  There’s no denying that being made redundant is very stressful and can induce feelings of panic and anger.  Here we provide a confidential space to enable our clients to get their head round what can sometimes be a traumatic transition, even if it was their decision to leave.  It is essential to face this otherwise there is a real danger of people turning up for their next job interview full of baggage and offloading latent feelings of bitterness about their situation.  Understandable – but not what an interviewer wants to hear! Phase 2:  Explore: So what do you really want to...

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