In Discounting Technological Innovation, Traditional Outplacement Providers Buck Single Biggest Driver of Workforce Trends

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Leading analyst says success in HR management means leveraging the latest tools serving the virtual and social workplace.

Leading Gartner analyst supports technological innovation in outplacement solutions

James Holincheck, research vice president for Gartner, says HR solution providers must answer the call with innovative technologies that are relevant to today's virtual and social workplace.

HR leaders must prioritize integrating new technology and service models to better serve today’s workforce.

While legacy outplacement firms continue to fall behind in integrating new technologies into their service offerings, RiseSmart has taken a leadership role in one of the biggest drivers of workforce trends: technological innovation.

“Outplacement providers need to constantly innovate and evolve with their customers if they are to remain relevant in today’s workplace,” said Sanjay Sathe, founder and CEO of RiseSmart, the leading next-generation outplacement provider. “Unfortunately, the large legacy firms have their heads in the sand.”

Sathe continued, "The fact is, the large, legacy outplacement firms are struggling because they simply are not equipped with the appropriate balance of technology and human touch required to support today’s transitioning employees. They simply don’t have offerings that can effectively compete with Transition Concierge.”

RiseSmart’s Transition Concierge is the first outplacement solution to harness the full weight of intelligent search technology, social media, and other online tools to help put laid-off employees back to work faster. Powered by proprietary job-matching software, Transition Concierge delivers custom-tailored job leads as well as information, tools and training to eligible employees through personal career-management portals. Laid-off workers have access to one-on-one assistance from trained Transition Specialists during every step of the job-finding process.

James Holincheck, research vice president for Gartner specializing in the human capital management (HCM) systems market, says HR leaders must prioritize integrating new technology and service models to better serve today’s workforce.

“Technology is one of the biggest drivers of workforce trends in today’s evolving corporate landscape. Advancements in connectivity, mobile, social, and business collaboration are dramatically changing the way people find jobs, where they work, and how they work,” Holincheck said.

“To be successful, HR leaders must have the right policies and the right tools in place to operate in this new virtual and social workplace. At the same time, HR solution providers -- those that help HR leaders attract, manage, retain, and offboard talent -- have to similarly answer the call and bring innovative solutions that are relevant for this new paradigm.“

About RiseSmart

RiseSmart is the leading provider of next-generation outplacement solutions. The company leverages a cloud-based technology platform, proven methodologies, and one-on-one support to help employers with their workforce strategies, and displaced employees with their career strategies. RiseSmart drives significant ROI to organizations by offering affordable pricing while reducing unemployment insurance taxes and severance costs. RiseSmart has received a wide range of awards and recognition from organizations including the Golden Bridge Awards, the Momentum Index, Red Herring, the San Francisco Business Times, SiliconIndia, the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, the Stevie Awards and TiE. For more information, visit


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