Rajat Joshi
Hr Consulting ,trainer -creative Thinking
AchtungBaby
Student/bartender

Thread Started by #AchtungBaby

Hello! This is my first day on the forums...was wondering if i could get some good opinions......
Your company, which manufactures power tools in several locations in the United States, will be shifting all its manufacturing to new plants in China.
I think the main issue at hand is the employees that are going to lose their jobs because of all the plants moving to China. I keep thinking that there really isn't much you can do as a HR manager of the company. Can you just send your employees to China? It's great to be sympathetic but all these people will lose their jobs, how can you possibly lighten the news but telling someone, hey sorry, tough luck you're out of a job. I don't think you can. As an HR manager what other issues are at stake here? What would a good HR manager do?
11th October 2005 From United States, Midland
Hi AchtungBaby,

Welcome to citehr.com!! Hope it's proves to be a great learning experience as it has been for all of us..

Sure y not!!

Hmm..a good case study..

Nobody is immune from sudden job loss anymore, and everyone should be prepared for the possibility this includes me as well!!..this is the reality of the day..

Being laid off or downsized, getting dismissed or fired, receiving your pink slip or your walking papers, losing your job hurts. Among a variety of life-altering events, such as death in the family, divorce, and serious illness, losing your job ranks among the highest in stress-causing situations.

Job loss can have a profound effect on one's emotional well being. There is a typical cycle that most people experience. This cycle includes denial, anger, frustration, and eventually adaptation.

Role of Good HR Manager in such situations:-

A major issue most people must deal with is providing for themselves and their families. Finding out if one qualifies for unemployment compensation should be the first thing that is taken care of. The next thing is applying for this benefit. There are certain criteria that must be met. In the United States, your local Employment Service Center will be able to help you. The Web Site of the U.S. Department of Labor has information on unemployment compensation in the United States.

The next issue to deal with is health insurance. In the U.S. the majority of people who have health insurance are covered under a group plan through their employer. When a job is lost, that coverage is as well. That is why The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) was passed some time ago. This law allows those separated from their jobs to purchase health insurance at a group rate for a limited time.

Lighten the news by sharing the perspectives that it could have been even worse..than the present situation..

Helping the employees to get relocated & new jobs by way of -

*Restructuring their CVs..

*Training them to acquire the relevant skills which desirable in the job market..

In this case a good HR Manager should train employees in

*Coping with changing realities..

*Importance of Positive attitude..

*Switch careers or industries, learn some new skills and improve upon the ones you already have, or perhaps consider relocating.

Emphasis should be on "Look forward to your next opportunity. You never know what doors this turn of events may open for you."

hope this helps...

Cheerio,

Rajat
12th October 2005 From India, Pune
WOW...that really helped...it got some wheels turning in my head....
Are you a HR manager yourself? What is your job position? Usually when a company relocates to another country does the company usually take their HR managers or do they just hire new ones in the new country?
Isn't this referred to as outsourcing?!?!??!
12th October 2005 From United States, Midland
Great..keep us updated on the status...
Yes, am a HR Manager...well..i head the HR Division of US Company called A M Todd Company ( www.amtodd.com) in (Mumbai)India
Relocation to another country ..depends upon the competencies of the Manager if she/he can handle the intricacies of the same in the new country..
Yes, it is..very soon our jobs can be outsourced as well if we don't add value to the work we do..
Cheers,
Rajat
12th October 2005 From India, Pune
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