MassHire Rapid Response layoff management and outplacement services

When businesses must lay off employees, calling the MassHire Rapid Response Team can reduce the cost of layoffs and help employees. Layoff management and outplacement services for employers are available in all phases of the business cycle.
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Layoff management services businesses can expect

Meets and plans with your company

Regardless of size, any business can call MassHire Rapid Response for help with workforce reductions. Rapid Response team members have experience working with small groups of employees, individual departments, and entire worksites.

When the MassHire Rapid Response Team becomes aware of a layoff or closing, we:

  • Contact company officials to arrange a meeting to establish a good working relationship
  • Inform you of the available services
  • Plan for implementation of those services at your organization

Responding to the results of our concise company survey and the needs of the company, we will make every effort to schedule meetings and our services in a manner that will be most convenient with your daily operations.

Conduct employee information and orientation session

After establishing your company's schedule of reemployment services, we meet with your employees to:

  • Inform them of their eligibility and benefits as laid off workers
  • Answer their questions about job search and unemployment insurance
  • Register and refer them to MassHire Career Centers
  • Conduct a survey of employee needs (such as retraining and upskilling)
  • Orient them to the content and timetables of the various MassHire Rapid Response services

Conduct job-readiness workshops

The MassHire Rapid Response Team offers a variety of optional job-readiness workshops. These workshops are tailored to meet the individual needs of affected employees.

Develop job leads and provide job fair services

The MassHire Rapid Response Team markets the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Dislocated Worker Program to companies in your area and/or industry and often brings current job leads to the employee meeting.

We contact and meet with businesses that are hiring in order to meet our objective of placing employees in new positions before they are laid off.

The Rapid Response Team also assists and conducts job fairs for the dislocated workers.

Provide one-on-one meeting

Based, in part, on the information gathered during the employee surveys, our team can meet with each employee to discuss his or her needs, provide resume critique, assist with mock interviews, and formulate a customized plan of action. These confidential, individual sessions allow your employees to discuss matters that they may not be comfortable discussing in a group.

Additional services for unionized workers

If employees are members of a union, they receive additional services from the Massachusetts AFL-CIO Rapid Response Team, which partners with the MassHire Rapid Response team to deliver services. We can provide job leads, training opportunities, job counseling, and other Rapid Response services at employee meetings, workshops, and union meetings.

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