The anticipation of losing your job is very stressful. People lose their jobs through layoffs and getting fired. Which way is the worst?
Recently, my wife was called in, by her supervisor, and told that major changes were coming in her department. She was told by her supervisor, that through no fault of her own, changes had to be made. My wife came home and immediately started soul searching her performance on the job. This went on for three days. In the end, nobody lost their job. However, there was changes made in operations.
Some individuals that retain their job, when others are let go, develop a large sense of guilt. This is especially true, when individuals are laid off. The guilt is even magnified, when the people laid off are close friends. Employees that get fired is usually because of their own actions. The employee knows why they got the ax. They weren’t blindsided. Other employees realize, that the termination wasn’t their fault.
Still the stress of keeping your job has increased. You keep wondering when the other shoe will drop. This causes anxiety, sleepless nights, vulnerability to cold and flu and aches and pain.
So what about the employee that lost their job? Successful individuals, use a layoff as a springboard to another position. Yes, there will be a lot of financial distress. The secret, to surviving, is no matter what happens in life, it is what we do with it, that determines our current experience and future possibilities. Individuals, that get fired, are left looking for excuses to relate at their next interview.
Although older individuals tend to handle layoffs better, than young individuals, their chances of finding a job is more difficult because of their age. Retraining and finding available work can be very difficult. Younger individuals have time on their side.
In an article written on tampabay.org, many comments refer to the proper mindset being very important. The sooner you get over the shock and grief of the layoff, the sooner you can move on. Many people feel, that getting through this period of time, as rapidly as possible, is vital to successfully moving on. That and the idea, of where to start over, are the two most important issues to deal with.
Then you have the supervisors, that are responsible for the layoffs. This job is usually passed on from HR to employee supervisors, to deliver the final message. Large corporations might make a major news announcement and then deliver a letter of termination. However, smaller companies just have a head supervisor deliver the message personally.
Nobody wants the job, of being the “turk”. In football, the turk is the guy, that tells players they have been cut. However, in many cases, that is what happens. These individuals, go home with the guilt of knowing they have affected the lives of many individuals. The initial effect is one of despair. The old saying of, “you can’t have a conscious” doesn’t exists. Talk about adding guilt to your conscious.
Getting back to my original question, “Are you better off getting laid off or getting the ax?” I suppose it depends on the individual. Neither way is good. Losing a job, either way, is not a healthy prospect. One important factor remains. How you handle it, is what will propel you on your way to other things.
sources; Paula Gregorowicz; www.lemondrop.com