Reactions to the news of redundancy or dismissal vary a great deal. As in all situations people deal with news such as this in a variety of ways. The initial reaction is most obviously shock as the recipient of the news struggles to assimilate the information and take it in.
What follows next is more often disbelief and denial as they struggle to comprehend the news. Once the news has sunk in you get emotion, tears or expressions of anger. At a time like this the enormity of the situation is rarely acknowledged or even realised and it is in the aftermath of such news that the consequences of this news is thought out and the implications for the individual.
The instinctive reaction is to get straight out there and look for a new job immediately. However, this is the worst possible thing to do for the initial burst of optimisation wanes almost immediately and the result is an individual who is left broken and disillusioned, reluctant to continue and yet all to aware of the prospects of life unemployed.
For this reason planning a strategic and targeted approach is what is necessary. The initial feeling of emptiness and helplessness with dissipate once the individual has established a firm and tactical plan for their assault on the job market.
Unemployment affects all aspects of an individual’s life and should not be dismissed as brooding or feeling sorry for oneself.
Take a look at the emotions experienced by any individual faced with redundancy, dismissal or unemployment:
- Lack of direction
- Identify crisis
- Low morale
- Low self esteem
- Loss of confidence
- Loss of control
- Financial worry
- Loss of structure in their daily life
All the above emotions can have a detrimental effect on a persons well-being and this is where developing a structured approach to career choices and job hunting will help.
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