Whether its 1, 100 or 1000 people laid off in a company it is equally challenging for the remaining survivors.
Survivors suffer in silence because many say, just be happy you have a job. But what people dont realize is that it can be equally challenging for those left behind. Survivors face:
- guilt from seeing others lose their jobs
- sadness from losing coworkers, peers and sometimes long standing friends
- burn out from assuming an increased workload
- fear from never being convinced they arent next on the lay off list
Surviving, being a survivor, requires not sitting back and waiting to be a victim of your circumstance. Ways to take charge:
Assess your current role:
- are there parts you enjoy?
- does this time present opportunities to diversify your skills?
- could your current role open more doors in the future?
Take a step back and assess what you want to be doing
- roles or functions
- the job
- next step in your career
Assess your work environment
- is your current situation temporary?
- will your job return to the one you initially were hired for?
- has your role changed for good
Look at the organization
- does the culture continue to align with your values?
- what direction is the company heading?
- how does your role fit with the direction of the organization?
- how does this fit with your career aspirations?
If your job no longer fits know you have options. This might be a good time to regroup a set out on a new course.
Ways to regroup
- talk to a professional
- re-evaluate skills, strengths, interests and values
- re-engage network
- update resume
The economy will eventually recover. Dont be victim of your circumstance know your options.