Our work this week brought to mind a topic we have not written about for a while. Although the improving economy has resulted in fewer layoffs and less downsizing, they still take place. When they do, remember the importance of Employee Transition Teams, also referred to as Worker Adjustment Committees.
Transition teams are employee-management committees formed to assist everyone impacted by a downsizing, including the employees and their families. Committees assist these employees deal with one of the most difficult situation they will face.
Committee members do not find jobs for their colleagues. The team help others understand how to find available jobs and prepare themselves to make their career transition. They also focus on financial concerns the employees will face, health insurance information, how to secure needed training, and the emotional impact a layoff can have on the employees and their families. They serve as a communications hub to get information to those impacted and dispel rumors. Some also set up information centers for employees. Others choose to provide resume development, interviewing skills, and other training.
Transition teams do not make decisions for their colleagues. They work to provide everyone with the information they will need to make informed decisions about their future.
If you have not been in the job market for the last few years, things have changed dramatically. From the ways we find job openings, make application, to securing employment, the process is completely different. Employees will need help with this, and the transition committee can support their efforts.
Transition committees normally serve all impacted employees, both labor and management. They also help the remaining employees make the adjustment and the business to continue to operate efficiently.
Hopefully, you will not need the services of a transition committee. If you are an employer considering downsizing or facility closure, or an employee of an organization going through these processes, consider worker transition committees. Above all, creating of transition committees is the right thing to do for the benefit of everyone involved.
If you need help with establishing, training, or facilitating a transition committee, contact CALMC.