Change in the Workplace: Layoffs

Change in the Workplace: Layoffs

Downsizing can be hard on those who are still working as well as on those who are laid off.

Coping with Layoffs

If you’ve been laid off, remember that you’re a victim of the economy—not a bad employee. Prioritize bills and find out if you can get unemployment insurance. Identify what you do well and what you like to do. Then decide if you want another similar job or if it’s time for a career change. Talking with an employment counselor or a union representative may help you decide. For information on job placement resources, contact your state department of labor.

If you’re still working, you may be worried about future security and feel guilty for having a job. In addition, you’re probably faced with more work. Give the new situation some time. Then decide if it suits you or if you want to make your own changes.

Group of happy people in boat, moving forward.

Sailing the Sea of Change

If you keep a healthy outlook, coping with change can be easier.

  • Give yourself credit for all that you do right.

  • Talk with people who will give you honest feedback and encouragement.

  • Take care of yourself. Exercise, eat well, get enough sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.

  • Get help if you’re stuck. Talk with your EAP or human resources representative, or look in the phone book for workshops on managing stress and change.