What is Outplacement Support?

Outplacement Support is a service provided by organisations to employees affected by redundancy, helping them navigate the job market and transition into new roles quickly and effectively. It provides expert advice and support, giving exiting employees direction in an increasingly complex and fast-paced job market.

Outplacement is widely recognised as an integral part of the employee lifecycle, ensuring that employees leave the organisation feeling supported as they move on to the next phase of their careers.

What if you have neurodivergent employees?

The Equality Act 2010 defines disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially and negatively affects a person’s ability to perform normal daily activities. Employers must make reasonable adjustments for employees with disabilities at all stages of their employment.

It’s important to note that individuals who have various conditions, such as depression, menopause and neurodivergent ‘conditions’ like autism spectrum condition (ASC), ADHD, dyspraxia and dyslexia, may be classified as being disabled by the Equality Act 2010.

Neurodivergent individuals may benefit from outplacement support tailored to their individual needs, considers their own set of challenges, is person-centred and reflects how they prefer to learn, process and communicate.

Outplacement support can address common areas of challenge that neurodivergent individuals may experience when looking for a new job/career e.g. lack of confidence, completing application forms accurately, reading large volumes of new information, interview technique and more.

Are there any examples of where Specialised Support would have helped determine a different outcome during a redundancy process?

The best example I can give is the case of Jandu vs Marks & Spencer. During the tribunal, they discussed how employers should support those affected through all stages of the employment process, up to and including potential redundancy.

Rita Jandu worked for Marks & Spencer as a layout planner for seven years until she was made redundant in October 2020.

Jandu has dyslexia, which made it challenging for her to take notes at work, manage paragraph construction and read long emails. She requested reasonable adjustments, such as colour coding and proofreading, which were supported by previous managers.

During the redundancy process, Jandu’s dyslexia was mentioned as a reason for her “rushed” communication, but her appeal was dismissed on the basis that her disability had “nothing to do” with the redundancy.

Jandu claimed discrimination and unfair dismissal, and her employer dismissed her claims without seeking further information about her disability or how reasonable adjustments could have been made for her. The tribunal ruled in her favour and awarded her over £50,000.

The statement highlights the importance for employers to consider managing neurodiversity in the workplace and seek professional support if a disability is raised during a redundancy process.
If you would like to read more about this tribunal, take a look here: HR Magazine – Dyslexia tribunal sparks discussion on how to support neurodivergent employees.

How can Neurodiversity Specialists help?

Our Director and Associates are qualified Careers Coaches and Mentors with the combined experience of supporting hundreds of individuals who were at risk of redundancy or being made redundant in their jobs to find new and fulfilling careers.

Neurodivergent individuals may benefit from outplacement support from a coach who understands how their neurodivergent ‘condition’ affects them and how this may make parts of the recruitment process more challenging. They may also benefit from receiving outplacement support from a coach who is neurodivergent and has experience advising companies on how to make their recruitment practices more neuro-inclusive.

Neuro-typical individuals may also benefit from outplacement support and we do not limit this service to those who are neurodivergent but to those who also have similar challenges.

Our Specialist Outplacement Support is designed to help you with a broad range of areas including:

  • Deciding career priorities and assessing options.
  • Developing a personal career plan.
  • Revitalising your personal brand.
  • How to network effectively.
  • Preparing for self-employment or setting up a business.
  • Modern job searching.
  • Creating a great CV that gets you invited to interviews.
  • Enhancing your interview performance.
  • How to maximise LinkedIn.
  • Development of coping strategies for your challenges.

If you would like to find out more about how Neurodiversity Specialists can help you or your business then you can visit our website or contact us today at info@neurodiversty-specialists.co.uk