How to Manage Fear During a Layoff

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Step 1.

consider_Thumb.jpg Assess the situation. Did the firings take place in a certain division, like Marketing or Sales, or was it company wide? How well is your division performing? How well are you performing?

The way to handle these feelings and realities is based on the amount of control you can bring to the situation. Aside from doing your best to make the business successful, try to have a positive attitude. Additionally, make sure that you have taken precautions in the event that you are next.

Step 2.

safetyBePrepared_Thumb.jpg Be Prepared! Update your resume. Make sure your profiles on social networking sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, etc. are up to date. Verify both your business and personal networks are up to date. In short, manage your sphere of control and influence.

Step 3.

helpinghand_Thumb.jpg Stay Positive and Help the Fallen. In most cases, the decisions about who stays and who goes aren’t personal. They certainly may feel that way, but usually aren’t. If you are able to keep your job, be happy and diligent. Also, be willing to help those who lost their job. It is a small world and kindness goes a long way. If you do lose your job, try to see the opportunity in change. If possible, maybe it is a good time to go back to school. It also could be time to start that business or write that book you have dreamed about.

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