Businesses in Transition

Rapid Response Services – help companies that may be downsizing and/or closing
Facing Layoffs?
The Berkshire County area Rapid Response team is here. We provide customized, confidential, and convenient on-site services for businesses in transition.

Reassure With Rapid Response.
We can assist you in reducing the trauma among workers facing layoffs and the stress among your remaining workers—maintaining their morale, increasing productivity, and accelerating workplace stability.

Redirect Toward Stability.
Keeping your competitive edge and maintaining productivity is critical. The Rapid Response team can explain relevant state and federal regulations and can work with you to prevent future layoffs or lessen their impacts. Rapid Response also offers access to unemployment insurance for your employees.

Promote Your Commitment to Your Community.
Layoffs and closings can be hard on a community. The Rapid Response team will help you demonstrate your dedication to the growth and prosperity of your community by positioning your workers for successful futures.

Add Power to Your Performance.
The Rapid Response team unites your management team, union leaders, and Berkshire Works career centers. This leaves you with more time and energy to devote to your business.

With a Fast-Acting Solution.
Dedicated experts from across the county mobilize immediately on your behalf, helping you navigate government regulations, take advantage of workforce resources, and manage employee expectations.

Meet Your Experts.
The Berkshire County area Rapid Response team includes:
· Layoff and Workforce Development Specialists
· Berkshire Works Career Centers
· Labor Unions (when applicable)
· Division of Career Services (DCS)

The Berkshire County Rapid Response program has four phases:
1. Notification
When you are facing layoffs, call your regional Rapid Response team at (413) 586-6506 x 118.
2. Rapid Response Team Meeting
Schedule an initial on-site meeting with the Rapid Response team and your employees to provide an overview of services and develop an action plan.
3. Project Implementation
Your Rapid Response team will help locate sources of funding for unemployment insurance and employee training, and help you jump-start your transition programs.
4. Technical Assistance and Information Sharing
Our team will share information, procedures, and lessons learned in order to continually improve your operations and our responsiveness to your needs.

The Berkshire County area Rapid Response program has resources available for both you and your employees:

Resources for Businesses
· Labor market information
· Unemployment Insurance help
· Trade or Transitional Adjustment program access
· Outplacement services
· Skills training

Resources for your Employees
Skilled professionals will conduct a series of workshops to help your workers quickly obtain new employment. Workshop topics may include:
Career Transition—adjusting to unemployment, assessing skills and abilities, and accessing WorkSource services
· Job Search—how to begin, where to look, and where to find job placement assistance
· Resume Writing—basic resume formats, relevant information, and effective presentation techniques
· Interviewing Skills—interview preparation, guidelines for a successful interview, and interviewing do’s and don’ts

Start Early
Call the Rapid Response team well ahead of the anticipated layoff date so your employees with the full range of training and employment services available. You also benefit from more customized services, which leads to a smoother transition.

Let Us Come To You
Provide services at your workplace to allow employees to remain in a convenient and familiar environment. When on-site, Rapid Response experts can provide a plan that is fully customized to your needs.

Provide A Customized Approach
Conduct employee surveys so that the Rapid Response team can more effectively respond to the interests and concerns of your employees. Orientation sessions with Rapid Response experts ensure a complete understanding of available services.

Display Helpful Information For Your Workers
Use Rapid Response to make employees aware that your goal is maximum professional support. Our team will assist you in answering your employees’ questions and managing their concerns.

For more information about Rapid Reponse, or to find out how to bring Rapid Response to your company, please call (413) 586-6506 x 118.
You may also find out more about Rapid Reponse by visiting your nearest
Berkshire Works center.

A technology-savvy and trained workforce can make the difference for your business. Yet the cost of hiring a training company or consulting firm to conduct in-depth skills training for your existing employees is often beyond the means of many bottom lines. Berkshire Works can solve this dilemma.

The Berkshire Works network offers training sessions, skills assessments, and technology instruction for your existing or new employees—all at no cost to the business owner. Our skilled staff will work with you to design appropriate and tailored training seminars. Many centers also provide open workshops on critical workplace issues and better business practices.

So let Berkshire Works help you distinguish your business from the competition—contact us to inquire about training your new or existing employees today.