During economic downturns, the labor force might face job anxieties. This is because of the impending threat of being given the pink slip. We’ve heard of stories of employees who have served for years, only to be downsized. Those who had been given attractive severance packages were probably lucky. But not everyone can survive tough times without a decent income.
Job anxiety can negatively affect productivity. Instead of working to your full potential, you are left worrying day in and day out whether you will remain secure in the short and long term. It can affect your personal life, too. You might lose sleep over it. You might have difficulty in your relationship with family members.
Calming job anxiety is key to remaining productive even in the face of potential layoffs, downsizing and company closures. Here are a few things to help you get by.
Have a backup plan. Most regular employees rely on their tenure or specific skills in order to survive tough times. With companies closing and downsizing, the job market will be highly competitive. You should have a plan for surviving a possibly long period of joblessness. For example, you can keep your resume updated, so you can submit these for consideration by other companies when you feel your job is in danger. Or, you can update your resume such that you can easily change industries or fields. Not every industry is in economic decline, after all. Still, don’t burn bridges with your current employer and colleagues. You never know when you will get to work with them again.
Celebrate your accomplishments. It’s hard to keep motivated when you’re downtrodden all the time. It’s hard to work on being productive if all you aim for is a promotion or a raise, which might not happen anytime soon. Instead of focusing on your worries, why not celebrate what you’ve accomplished? Congratulate yourself for your accomplishments at work: for a project well done, for client calls successfully closed, or even for simply finishing tasks on time.
Start a business. Bring out that entrepreneur in you. Try to create multiple income streams. These might not be big at first, but it will be good if you can have extra income, just in case your main source of income fails. Build your personal business and personal brand. It shouldn’t be that hard, as long as you find something you love doing. If you like writing, you can start a small freelance writing business. If you like crafts, you can make small artworks or craft items and sell these online. You never know when you might make these small part-time hobbies into full-blown business endeavors.
Seek professional or friendly advice. Anxieties can be a symptom of deeper-seated disorders or mental problems that will need to be addressed professionally. Visit a therapist so he can assess your situation, and so he will know if you need to take medication for your anxiety attacks. You can also discuss your situation with a friend, family member or trusted co-worker. If you want to turn your anxiety into inspiration, you might find the services of a life-coach beneficial.
Relax. Laughter is the best medicine, after all. Give yourself a break. Relieve your stress by laughing a little. This can help reduce stress and even alleviate anxiety. While you would look crazy if you just started laughing out loud at your desk or during a business meeting, there are appropriate times to laugh. Watch a comedy movie at home or at the theater. Buy comic books. Read the newspaper’s comics page. Listen to funny radio shows on your way home from work. Laughter helps release hormones that promote healing in the body.
Job anxiety is common wherever you may be. Try not to worry too much. Rather, focus yourself on making contingency plans and preparations. And try to relax.