How can I break into welfare work?

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. How can I break into welfare work?On 1 Jul 2003 in Personnel Today I am currently head of training, but my company is about to be integratedinto a huge conglomerate. My department will be taken over and I am decidingwhere I should focus my psychology skills. I believe there will be a role inwelfare. What qualifications would I need to work in this area? Professor Bennison says:You could be in a very influential situation in your company at this time.In my experience, those responsible for taking strategic decisions in themajority of take-overs and mergers are over-influenced by the financialbenefits, and fail to see the impact on employees. They find that theseexpected benefits are swallowed up by the increased costs involved in dealingwith the turf-fights that follow as the two organisations begin to integratetheir activities. Many HR problems will emerge during the acquisition. For example, anemployee who has worked for the company for 20 years with excellent appraisals,may find that a worker from the other company is preferred for their job. In a welfare role, you can use your psychology skills to counsel staff inthis situation. I don’t believe you need any specific qualifications to work inthis area. As head of training in your company, you should have an excellentunderstanding of the range of skills and knowledge of your staff, andunderstand that the major changes and uncertainty involved will have a majorimpact on their performance. You now have the chance to be a valuable resource in forming the policiesthe newly-merged organisation will use to make job selections, and in thedevelopment of policies to assist the unfortunate workers displaced by themerger. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img