In our Strategic Support Practice we work with organisations to make sure things go to plan and that key goals are met. Our approach is to get stuck into the detail. Get crystal clear on key dates and activities and understanding that clarity and consistency around all communications is key. In this way we fully understand the context and areas of concern and are then able to offer caring and flexible support to those affected, whilst maintaining ‘business as usual’ activities elsewhere.
We recognise that the challenges can be quite different in managing a site closure, and the integration of a new business(es), as a result of a merger or acquisition. Our guides as to best practice in such situations can be accessed below.
In addition, we also recognise the importance of the role of the line manager, who will be a key player in making sure the impact on productivity is minimised. So, we offer them support during the period of change, even though they may be personally affected themselves. We do this by offering workshops that include:
“I have worked with Shaun Allred on many projects over the course of the last four years. My opinion of Shaun echoes that of many of my customers and his clients, which is that he is a total professional and an expert in his field. He is well revered by the companies that contract him as well as his peers, and he has often been the lead consultant on many of our major headcount reduction exercises. His knowledge of the external job market, of preparing CVs and for interviews, and how to lead effectively through change is extremely impressive and his manner immediately engages and motivates clients to focus on the job in hand. Throughout my time working with Shaun, I know how thorough he is with his preparation, but I am always reassured in the calm manner which he will adapt to changing requirements. Shaun is also a consultant who I happily take advice and guidance from as he can often simplify a risk or issue and bring in examples from working with other customers to demonstrate good and best practice and help me to formulate a solution to my problem. I have used Shaun in meetings with the planning of activities and in meetings with key stakeholders. Shaun is a consultant I always ask for, as I know I will receive high quality from him, and I would happily recommend Shaun to anyone requiring outplacement services and management development workshops”.HR Change Business Partner – UK Communications Company
“This year CDS provided us with support, during a major restructure programme undertaken by the company. Given the number of redundancies entailed, by the restructuring, it was necessary to elect employee representatives, in order to conduct collective consultations. CDS provided excellent training for the representatives to enable them to fulfil their role. The training that CDS provided, in this respect, contributed significantly to the constructive and professional attitude and behaviour shown by the employee representatives throughout the subsequent consultation meetings. I have no doubt the consultation process would not have been conducted so smoothly, nor achieved the same mutually beneficial outcomes, without CDS’s support”HR Director – Biotechnology Company