Coping With Redundancy

10 Hot Tips On How To Cope With The Prospect Of Redundancy.

It used to be the case that people could get a job and expect to stay there for as long as they wished. That is no longer the case and we should realistically anticipate at least three or four job changes in our working lives.

When we are faced with redundancy, we often feel as though we are out of control. Something is happening to us that we don’t want and we feel hurt, sad, anxious and resistant to that change. No matter what our thoughts about it are, we have to deal with it quickly and professionally.

What makes it much worse is when people feel that they have given their work “their all” or ”the best years of their lives”. There are those amongst us who focus too much on work related aspects and neglect personal areas of their life. In these situations, the void that redundancy creates will be so much greater.

What are BIG’s tips for handling the prospect of redundancy?

1. Ensure that there is balance between your work and personal life.

2. It can be useful even when you are employed to periodically check what other employment is available. Send off for job specifications as this may indicate to you what prospective employers are looking for. You will also become clearer about how marketable you are.

3. Have some sort of contingency plan.

4. After the shock has worn off, try to look at your situation as an opportunity for positive change rather than as a problem.

5. Take control by taking action, rather than ruminating and worrying as the latter tends to exacerbate situations.

6. Do some brainstorming exercises to generate ideas about what else you may be able to do.

7. Explore whether your skills and experience to date are transferable to other areas.

8. If you can afford to, it can sometimes be helpful to go away for a few days where you are removed from the situation and may be able to see things more clearly.

9. Sometimes sharing your concerns with others is a useful exercise but pick your partners carefully; ideally, seek advice from someone who will help to uplift and encourage you.

10. Optimise your ability to cope with change by paying attention to your general health. Ensure you eat properly, take regular exercise and have adequate sleep.