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Dealing with Redundancy The Emotional Impact

Dealing with Redundancy – The Emotional Impact Being made redundant is something we hope will never happen. Unfortunately most of us will experience it at some time in our working lives. It’s no longer unusual, even before the current economic crisis arose.

One statistic notes that most of us will be made redundant 2.7 times in our working life. It's a time of change and what was a big part of your life has now been taken away. It can bring up many emotions such as embarrassment, anger, stress, anxiety and it can knock your confidence. Don’t underestimate the emotional impact.

Find ways to deal with it. Perspective No sector is safe from redundancy and as the news tells us, many people are being made redundant. This doesn’t make it less traumatic for you, but it helps to know the job was made redundant, not you. Prospective employers will not see it as a negative.

Take a little time to think If you're not sure what to do next or have financial concerns, this is a very worrying time. A feeling of panic can push you into making a rushed decision and taking the first job which turns up. It’s far better in the long term to weigh up all your options. It’s possible this could be the start of a new life, full of opportunities that may not have come your way before. You may decide that a change is in order.

Perhaps your job was too demanding to enable you to balance your priorities, such as family. Maybe you really didn't like what you were doing all that much. Spend time carefully considering what you want to do, as this is far more likely to lead to your long term success and happiness. If your financial situation means you must get back to working as soon as you can, you could consider temporary employment.

Temping gives you a chance to start earning money, while you figure out what to do, or start your training/preparing for the new role you’d like. Support You may feel as if you have to shoulder this alone. Perhaps you are the main bill payer in your household. Perhaps you don’t want to worry members of your family or feel a little embarrassed about telling your friends.

But the people close to you can’t help and offer support if you won’t let them. Your family may worry, of course, but they may also be able to share the burden, help you feel less alone and come up with practical suggestions for the way forward. Friends are likely to offer support and this is a time where you need to keep your confidence up and look forward.

Friends are there to lean on! It’s natural to feel down, upset and worried. It’s important not to take it personally; many people face the same situation. Talk to family and friends, as their support will help you feel better. Try to focus on moving forwards rather than looking back. This could be the start of a new and exciting stage of your life.