The loss of a job evokes many negative emotions and often the terminated individual chooses to ignore the impact it has on their life. A termination can lead to depression and a mindset of unworthiness in society, in career life and within the family.
Downsizing is very common today and often is not due to a lack of competence or work ethic but generally occurs as a result of a “rightsizing” however, the impact on the person being downsized should not be ignored.
Generally it is common for a person to experience these four stages of grief:
Stage One: Denial
“Why me”? “How can this happen to me”? “What did I do wrong”? There are many misconceptions about this stage and it takes a radical psychological change and acceptance to transform the negative into a positive.
Stage Two: Anger
Bargaining with anyone of influence to seek an intervention and remain employed. The person may often rationalize and make unattainable promises in exchange for a job.
Stage Three: Depression
After the initial impact, an awakening happens and depression quickly sets in. There are many different degrees of depression but some can be debilitating causing a complete shut down and lack of participation in normal daily life. If depression occurs, don’t panic but seek guidance and direction from trained professionals.
Stage Four: Acceptance
Realization of the situation, a spirit of positivity and the revitalization of career goals allows the individual to advance and engage in their career transition process. It’s an objective turnaround to drive the job search in a positive direction.
A job loss is simply a plot twist in the career management cycle. Accept the reality and move on.
Our team at Downsize With Dignity have helped many clients in the same situation clear their minds, deal with negativity and move on to new heights and career opportunities. We lessen the impact of grief by being there for you.