Overlooked Qualifications in Legal Outplacement Providers

I am glad that most law firms are offering outplacement to their departing attorneys in some fashion or another.  Yet, there is one qualification that often gets overlooked, and that is if the outplacement provider has any mental health training.

Losing a job can be one of the most stressful periods in a person’s life, which is the reason why law firms should consider hiring outplacement providers with mental health training.

Certain psychological issues such as anxiety, OCD and/or depression can flare up during this difficult time for the terminated attorney. So, in these cases, having an outplacement provider trained in mental health can be highly beneficial. Of course, the outplacement provider is not there to treat the attorney’s psychological issues, but it can be helpful if the provider understands what the attorney is grappling with.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Soon, many of the major law firms will be bringing to the forefront the topic of mental health. While their focus will be providing wellness programs to their attorneys who are staying at their law firms, I hope these law firms will also keep in mind the health and well-being of their attorneys who are departing.

Stay tuned for more tips.

Published by Sheryl Odentz on LinkedIn on April 6, 2021. Sheryl Odentz is the founder of Progress in Work LLC, an award-winning career management firm that provides lawyers and other professionals within the legal industry the following services: business development training/coaching, executive/leadership coaching and outplacement/career transition counseling. For more information, contact Sheryl at 212-532-6670 or sodentz@progressinwork.com.