“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it is not the same river and he’s not the same man.” – Heraclitus
TIMES change, PEOPLE change, SITUATIONS change, RELATIONSHIPS change, the only thing constant is CHANGE. Even those who have already gotten tenure in their present work (which is still very much a rare occurrence here in the Philippines) are not totally safe or secured.
Work conditions here in my country is so unpredictable however I really don’t feel threatened since I am the kind of person who would rather work for myself than with a boss. I am the kind of person who really can’t appreciate an 8-5 work routine. And that is the reason why, in my whole 22 years of work life, I have held already a lot of different job titles from Computer Graphic Designer to Program Coordinator and Restaurant Manager but have retained my status as a seminar facilitator and supplemental training consultant. This is probably the reason why I enjoy blogging and writing so much – because I get to do what I love on my own time and in my own terms and conditions. No one ever tells me what to do.
But there are those people who really loves routinary work and dislikes variations and these are people who have held the same job positions from the same company for 10 or more years already. And for these people, a sudden change in company direction which could result in downsizing and being included in the list of people to be laid-off can be the worse thing that could ever happen to them. And coping with the change could actually be a life and death situation.
Imagine yourself having worked for the same company for 20 years and suddenly your boss tells you that the company has to let you go. WHAT WILL YOU DO?
The good news is, I have just learned a week ago that there is this group here in the Philippines that provides outplacement or career transition services to multi-national companies. Helping both the company and the employees cope with the change in their organization by taking care of people who were impacted or laid-off because of the change.
I have heard about this type of program in other countries, and they even provide this as a government mandated added social service to their people. But it is my first time to hear about the existence of such a program here in the Philippines.
I was invited to a special career transition orientation last Tuesday (August 4) by Lee Hecht Harrison (LHH) Philippines.
Lee Hecht Harrison
LHH Philippines started in 2001 in the country and was formerly known as DBM. Lee Hecht Harrison is a global talent mobility leader that connects people to jobs through innovative career transition services and help individuals improve performance through career and leadership development. Founded in 1967 in the US, it is now present in 63 countries including the Philippines.
The LHH Philippines Team:
Its programs are divided into three core activities:
- Employee Engagement
- Leadership Development
- Change Management
Companies hire Lee Hecht Harrison basically for two main services: Manager Notification Training and Onsite Notification Support and Outplacement.
Manager Notification Training helps companies prepare for announcing the sad news by ensuring that the message is delivered properly with the laid-off employee’s self-respect is maintained.
For Notification Support, a Lee Hecht Harrison Consultant is made available onsite during ‘Tell-Day’ to help talk to impacted employees through the first emotional reactions, the next positive steps and the Do’s and Dont’s.
Why is this important?
For people who have been laid-off, the experience is indeed a heart-breaking one. And this leaves the person at a lost, and without proper guidance, may resort to a self-destructive behavior or poor career and life decisions. I think that the mere presence of Lee Hecht Harrison in the process, can convey the organization’s concern and commitment to help employees who have been laid-off by providing them with experienced people who can guide them through their next career options.
“Corporate social responsibility should begin within. It’s not always about building homes for the poor or giving education to street children. It’s also about looking out for the welfare of your employees. In other countries, particularly Spain, outplacement is mandated by the law, ” says Vicente ‘Binky’ Kilayko, the Managing Director of Lee Hecht Harrison Philippines.
From my experience during the orientation, I believe that the sessions are indeed helpful for the employees. Through the workshops given to us by LHH Operattions Director Jo Ann Asetre, I was able to answer three very powerful life-changing questions that could help me set my next path in both life and career.
- What do I do best?
- What do I like doing?
- What are my priorities in life?
I was really impressed with the methodologies that they used and I believe that these will help a lot of people who are in the process of career transition.
As of this day, LHH Philippines has supported various types of organizations such as FMCG & Consumer Goods, Banks & Financial Institutions, BPO & Shared Services, Telecoms, Pharmaceuticals, Oil and Gas, Logistics and Semiconductors. They have helped over 5,000 people in transition in more than 100 companies in the Philippines. Based on statistics, participants find their next jobs 50% faster than those who have not underwent the LHH program.
It’s high time that employees, especially of big corporations, demand for an outplacement and career transition service as part of their benefit. For times are always changing and workers deserves more than just their last pay and a shoulder to cry on when it’s time for them to leave their jobs and positions. They need good sound advise and the right tools for them to move on and move forward.
Check out the full Career Continuation Program framework of LHH Philippines:
Lee Hecht Harrison also provides Skill Building Sessions for its candidates. Here are the topics available for August:
- RESUME WRITING – August 12 (9am – 12nn)
- INTERVIEWING SKILLS – August 12 (1pm – 4pm)
- LIFE DESIGN WORKSHOP – August 19 (10am – 4pm)
- PERSONAL INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT – August 26 (9am – 4pm)
To book for sessions CONTACT LHH Philippines at 811-6884 or 0908-8808427
For more about the LHH Philippines Program visit www.lhh.com or LIKE them of Facebook at www.facebook.com/lhhphils or GO to their office at 12/F Pacific Star Bldg., Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City.