Responsibility for community
Some companies from cities or regions affected by de-industrialization, traditional players at regional level, with a well-known brand and serious image, are factors of stability and development in local communities.
The job’s availability depends on them. The closure of a production unit, where one can work from father to son, can thus become a serious crisis, with repercussions at social, economic and even political level. The negative consequences can be reduced by a prior diagnosis of employability level of employees, as well as by showing concern for their future.
The closure decision trauma can be attenuated with a compensatory exit package. Still, this is not enough if it involves only financial measures. From a social and, yes, psychological perspective, the negative impact on the community is diminished if the employer gets involved in supporting its development by the outplacement service proposed to employees, by stimulating their chances for professional reconversion or entrepreneurship, but also by transferring certain activities to other investors.