Outplacement originates from the United States. In the mid-60s Thomas Hubbard, one of the general managers at the US marketing agency, was given a task to help and find new employment for his colleagues who became redundant. When in 1969 Mr. Hubbard became redundant himself and he had to leave the company as well, he decided to make a business from his previous outplacement project. Thus THINC (Thomas Hubbard Incorporate) became the first outplacement company in the world.
It took more than 10 years until the outplacement concept arrived to Europe. In 1980 the foundations of the first outplacement company were set up in the Netherlands, but the company has become fully active in 1985. Initially, the outplacement program was intended for the senior management, and in the following several years for middle management and operational functions as well. Towards the end of the 1980s, the outplacement program for larger groups of employees during collective dismissals has started, with greater attention set on positions of the lowest ranks. Smart Group was directly involved in this process and has been the pioneer in creation and development of collective outplacement programs.
Over the years, the outplacement concept has become more and more accepted by partners who recognized the many benefits that this program brings. The result of these positive effects was the increased demand for outplacement services. The market responded with establishing a large number of outplacement companies. Currently in the Netherlands there are more than 150 outplacement companies.
Outplacement in Croatia
In Croatia Smart Group has been actively operating since 2002 and is the first company in Croatia that was in the outplacement business and the only company that managed to conduct collective and individual outplacement programs in Croatia according to the original methodology. Smart Group consultants are trained in the Netherlands and they have managed many successful projects in Croatia and the Netherlands.
The whole project starts with a program in which the employees, who are planned to be dismissed but are still working for the employer, receive an individual approach with professional support in finding a new job with the goal to be directly transferred from one job to another.
Throughout the project, assistance is provided with the aim of developing a social program and developing a further strategy, as well as setting up communication guidelines.
Smart Group takes over the full realization of the project, we ensure that your people find a new perspective in another organization so that leaving the existing position becomes easier.