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14 March 2009

A Psychology of Layoffs: The 4 Stages in Overcoming Job Loss

Reposted from:  abs-cbnNEWS.com --Karen Flores | 03/14/2009 7:37 PM

The global economic crisis has led to the unemployment of thousands of Filipinos both here and abroad. Those who are retrenched are now faced with the challenge of making the most of what they have while looking for another job or starting a new business.
Aside from this, however, being laid off can take its toll on a person's mind and emotions, which can be an even bigger challenge.
Ways to cope with layoffs (Source:www.psychcentral.com)
Unemployment is not easy. But you can get through it without having your entire life fall apart.
Layoffs aren't personal, although they often feel that they are.
Being upset with a layoff is normal, but don't let your upset turn into obsession or depression.
Pessimism after a layoff is a dangerous vice: avoid stinkin' thinkin.'
Don't burn bridges; keep in touch with ex-coworkers you had good relationships with.
Work it out if you need references and set them up sooner rather than putting it off.
Focus on and plan for the career you want to have in the future, not the job you just lost.
Don't put off being realistic with your finances and your own personal budget.
Explore all your options when it comes to unemployment and health insurance. Don't dismiss any resources available to you out of pride or ignorance.
Be prepared to be in it for the long haul during tough economic times. This is a reflection of the poor economy, not your skills or abilities.
Stay positive as much as possible and keep an optimistic spirit. Set realistic job goals (sending out resumes, replying to classifieds, etc.) and stick to them.
Believe in yourself, because if you don't, others will have an even more difficult time believing in you.
According to management consultant Karen dela Cruz, a person usually undergoes four stages in overcoming the psychological strain caused by job loss: denial, resistance, exploration, and commitment.
It may take a while before one is actually laid off, but dela Cruz said a person may already start suffering from anxiety as rumors of retrenchment start spreading within the company. 
"Sometimes it takes a year before the actual retrenchment takes place. But really it's more of coping with the uncertainty that gets employees a little uncomfortable, and some of them want to leave early. But they can't or not allowed to exactly because of that ambiguity," dela Cruz told ANC's "Shop Talk."
At first, dela Cruz said a person would tend to reject any possibility of being laid off despite rumors, and even official company announcements. The denial phase, dela Cruz said, is usually accompanied with confusion, anger, and shock.
As a result, the retrenched person would refuse to make any future plans, or even deal with his state of unemployment: "Some of them think they really are good employees, or that they work in an organization that's quite stable and secure. They believe that the company will not lay off or retrench people."Read more.