Survey Finds Employers Frustrated with Traditional Outplacement Services

Survey Finds Employers Frustrated with Traditional Outplacement Services

2013 Outplacement Survey Report Released by DirectEmployers Association And CareerBeam

INDIANAPOLIS (April 23, 2013) – Demand for outplacement services are high but employers want to provide their transitioning employees with access to a new type of solution: one that encompasses both online and social technology, according to the first national survey conducted jointly by DirectEmployers Association, the leading nonprofit HR consortium of global employers, and CareerBeam, the leader in next generation outplacement solutions. The survey report released today can be downloaded free at http://www.careerbeam.com/outplacement/report/.

Highlights of the 2013 Outplacement Survey include:

  • 58% of respondents are frustrated with the outplacement services offered by their provider, often viewing them as outdated, comprising the wrong tools and expensive.
  • Only 26% of respondents thought senior executives were the level of employees that would gain the most value from outplacement services.
  • In contrast, 82% of respondents had offered outplacement services to senior executives.
  • 89% of respondents said the most important reason for offering outplacement was to help their transitioning employees get a new job.

“This survey reflects the fact that companies value outplacement services but increasingly view brick and mortar solutions as outdated. Our members are looking for cost effective solutions that they can offer to all of their transitioning employees,” said Bill Warren, Executive Director of DirectEmployers Association. “The outplacement industry is evolving as a result of the emergence of social, mobile and online technology and its benefits for laid off employees are immense.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the average unemployed person in America has been looking for work for 38 weeks, which is more than double the time it took a decade ago. Respondents of the survey identified electronic job match alerts, a virtual career center and social network integration as the most important components to help users of a 21st century outplacement solution quickly get re-employed.

Nearly 300 human resource professionals participated in the survey between October 2012 and February 2013. DirectEmployers Association conducted the survey in partnership with CareerBeam, a division of CareerArc Group.

About DirectEmployers Association

DirectEmployers Association is a leading Human Resources trade association of global employers formed to provide cost effective solutions and services for compliance, recruitment and technology. Through this consortium, business standards are shaped and technology is used with respect to the diversity that is reflected in the various cultures embodied in a global workforce. Our recognized expertise in compliance, recruitment and cost effective technology enables our members to reach the largest, most diverse pool of quality job seekers worldwide.

About CareerArc Group

CareerArc Group is a complete career ecosystem for college students, job seekers, employers, higher education institutions and government entities. CareerArc Group, which consists of Internships.com, TweetMyJobs and CareerBeam, builds on the power of the Internet as well as social and mobile networks to connect employers with job and internship seekers. Working across the entire employment marketplace, the CareerArc Group ecosystem now serves 30 million annual visitors, 40,000 companies (including more than 50% of the Fortune 100), 350+ universities and powers the jobs platform of cities like Atlanta, GA, Newark, NJ and Columbia, SC.

Media Contacts
Nancy Holland, DirectEmployers Association, 317-874-9022, nancy@directemployers.org
Stuart Lander, CareerArc Group, 818-260-3100, press@careerarcgroup.com

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