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Returning the human touch to outplacement and redeployment.

Sloan Management Review ~ Volume 35 Number 4

Planning for a Restructured, Revitalized Organization

Restructuring seems to be an unavoidable and inevitable part of doing business today. Too often, companies focus on reducing head count and fail to consider the qualifications and morale of the employees who remain after the restructuring. How can a company restructure and develop a revitalized organization that is positioned for the future and staffed with the best qualified people? The authors explain their strategy-driven approach to restructuring in which people are “redeployed” in a positive way. Their method focuses first on describing and redesigning the work to be done in the new company and only then on the people to do the work.  

Written by Robert Marshall & Lyle Yorks

Drawing given to Robert Marshall for the Outplacement and Redeployment strategy that he perfected.

Get your company on the path to success
Strategize. Redeploy. Revitalize.

The difference between Outplacement and Redeployment

Are you aware of the difference between Outplacement versus Redeployment? The distinction can make a difference for a company downsizing. Outplacement focuses primarily on the employee leaving the company. Redeployment focuses on all employees, both those leaving and primarily on those remaining.

Any successful downsizing must be strategically driven. It must first flow from a business strategy that not only reduces costs but positions the company to succeed and prosper in the future.


The steps for Successful Downsizing:

  1. A well thought out business strategy

  2. Communication of that strategy to all employees.

  3. Implementation of that strategy as it affects organizational structure and ultimately individual jobs. Employees are matched against specific jobs based on their individual skills, qualifications, and experience.

  4. Finally employees are redeployed; some remain in the same jobs; some are promoted; and others may be terminated.

It is essential that all employees view the process as fair, implemented consistently and respectful of the dignity and worth of the individual. It is important to note that the loss of a job is the second most catastrophic experience that an individual can encounter in life, proceeded only by death of a family member. 

So how can a consultant help to insure redeployment is managed successfully?  With over 30 years experience helping many companies, from small to major corporations to non-profits, implement redeployment and retain/gain profits. We will review plans and make recommendations to achieve success and avoid the pitfalls that lead to work disruption, poor morale, loss of profit and employee lawsuits.

It would be a privilege to learn more about your plans to downsize or redeploy employees. Or if you are in the process of downsizing, we are available to answer your questions and help you avoid the pitfalls of a poorly managed and badly communicated process. If you are interested in discussing the possibilities for success that we can provide, please contact us.

Analysis, Solutions, Results!

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Outplacement and Redeployment Consultanting

Services which we provide at Marshall Group 2, LLC are as follows:

  • Outplacement and Redeployment Consulting service

  • Executive Outplacement Consulting Service

  • Downsizing Consulting Service

  • Redeployment Consulting Service

  • Organizational Restructuring Challenges

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