Job insecurity – economic downturn

It is on everyone’s mind. Whether you had actually faced the axe or not employees can not help but be anxious about the stability of their jobs. Everyone has seen, or heard of someone who has been fired for no fault of their own and feels scared that they may be next. With lay offs being a common occurrence in almost every company and profession, people are growing increasingly tense and afraid for their future, expecting the worst to happen. The result is that those who will have their jobs are working in fear. They have watched former colleagues being given the boot and are over worked and stressed.

Clinical psychologist has noticed an increase in the number of patients approaching her with the same complaints and feels in such trying times it’s important to support each other. People tend to go in to withdrawal symptoms and blame themselves when they lose their jobs. It is essential to have a support system in the form of family or friends with whom you can share your emotions. It is a global recession and there is little that can be done to control it but it is suggested to accept the situation and looking for another job. A common mistake people make is developing a negative outlook instead of applying for other jobs. Reduce your expectations, budget yourself wisely and keep your focus on your goal. If you are constantly living in the fear of being laid off. It is best to just approach your boss and clear it out with him / her. Ensure that you get professional help before you go in to depression.

Uncertainty is apart and parcel of life, says clinical psychologists and instead of concentrating on factors outside your control, you should focus on your work. Do what you can do with your current situation. Avoid wasting energy and resources on worrying, calm your mind and complete your work. Generally people who are laid off are those who do not bring quality to the workplace. Approach your job with sincerity and dedication. In case, you have lost your job, take the setback in your stride and look at it as a turning point. Work on your limitations and look for new opportunities. Do not devalue yourself but look at it as a learning exercise. Go back to your past experiences of success and keep those images alive in your mind. Get inspired by your past achievements and look to the future.

Beat the work blues:

1. Avoid splurging unnecessarily. Shopping may give you temporary pleasure from your job stress but will later leave you feeling guilty.
2. Eat properly and maintain a well balanced diet. Anxiety can cause over eating and filling up on junk food.
3. Go for a walk in the evening and continue socializing. It helps to keep contacts alive in case you need to approach someone for a job.
4. Make a list of all your positives. Know your strengths and weaknesses so that you can work on them.
5. Increase your will power and never give up. Remember you are not alone in your current situation.

The current economic condition presents such an opportunity, to reassess agendas and change several of the long standing rules of the game. Smart companies are also carefully assessing each initiative based on several criteria – most notably, urgency and overall financial impact. This, say experts will change thee way we work, play, compensate, recruit and reward in the coming years.