Helping Dislocated Workers

Unfortunately, in difficult times, some organizations may need to downsize or shutdown.  This is devastating for those impacted and their families.  The needs of laid-off employees and the types of community resources available can vary significantly depending on the location and the situation. 

Organizations that must downsize should establish a support system for impacted employees. This demonstrates the organization's concern for those being laid off.  The support system begins by organizing a labor-management transition committee. These teams have proven to be very effective in helping employees make the transition to their next careers.

A worker transition committee is composed of representatives of the employees, management, and community resources. They can identify the distinct needs of those being laid off and the types of available resources that can benefit them. 

Worker transition committees do not find jobs for laid-off workers but provide skills and information so those being laid off can make a smoother and faster transition. They usually focus on six areas that will help most laid off workers:

         Communications
        
Education
         Emotional
         Financial
         Jobs
         Transition Center

Within those six areas, laid-off workers and their families can make informed decisions about career change, job search, insurance, financial concerns, and training.

The committee develops plans to meet the needs of the workforce in these areas.

CALMC has trained and facilitated transition committees in a number of private and public sector organizations. In addition, we have worked with many of the local county agencies in Ohio that provide lay-off assistance. Our expertise can help make your transition smoother, ease tensions, and provide assistance to your workers and colleagues when they need it most. 

For specific information about worker adjustment services available to State of Ohio agencies and employees, visit the Regional Worker Adjustment Committee web site.