Challenger, Gray & Christmas
|Outplacement and Career Transition Services|
|Industry||Outplacement, Executive Coaching|
|Founded||Chicago, Illinois, USA (1966)|
|Founder||James E. Challenger|
Number of locations
|Offices throughout North America|
|North America and Globally|
|John A. Challenger, CEO|
|Services||Outplacement Services, Executive Coaching|
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Challenger, Gray & Christmas, with headquarters located in Chicago, Illinois, is the oldest executive outplacement firm in the US. It has offices throughout North America. James E. Challenger is the founder of the company and of the outplacement industry. SHRM (The Society for Human Resources Management) recognized him in 1996 as the creator and pioneer of the outplacement field.
The firm's primary goal is to make the transition to reemployment easier for displaced workers  It was founded in 1962  The company specializes in sponsoring business benefits and services in the following areas: 1) Communication Strategy & Timing, 2) Phase Out/Shut Down 3) Community Awareness 4) Employee Retention 5) Contingency Planning, 6) Security and 7) Public Agency Involvement.
The media has covered the results of the studies that the company has put together. These include the cost of 2007 "March Madness" on the productivity of U.S. businesses, the flat rate of hiring seasonal workers in 2011, declining rate of teen employment in 2012, rising planned layoffs at the U.S. companies in 2013 One of the key developments of this firm is the awarding of a $5 million federal contract from the U.S Navy's Chief of Naval Installations Milling, Tennessee, for professional, scientific and technical services.
The firm also conducts regular surveys and issues reports on the state of the economy, employment, job-seeking, layoffs and executive compensation. It conducts one-off surveys on such subjects as workplace bullying, lost productivity due to the Super Bowl, and working women.
- John Challenger of Challenger, Gray & Christmas at Global HR Archived February 2, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. Accessed March 2, 2013
- Company Overview of Challenger, Gray & Christmas at Bloomberg Businessweek Accessed March 5, 2013
- During NCAA basketball tournament, employers lose $1.2 billion in employee productivity Archived September 20, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Accessed March 5, 2013
- Lifted from Tribune Media Services, Jobs for seasonal workers Accessed March 5, 2013
- Report shows fewer teens looking for jobs, Chicago Tribune Accessed March 5, 2013
- Lifted from Reuters: US planned layoffs rose for 2nd month in a row in Feb says Challenger Accessed March 4, 2013