A reason you feel traumatized after losing a job is because companies fail to honor the emotions of employees who are let go through no fault of their own. What a shame.
Employees, the lifeblood of any corporation, are often devalued during downsizings. Employers are blasé about the trauma you go through while being shoved out the door.
The indifference shown by companies is reflected in the buzzwords used by corporate America associated with dumping employees. Spokespeople announce to the business press that workers are “being involuntary separated.” Or, “our company is reducing headcount.” These terms just don’t do justice to the trauma you experience after learning you’ve gotten the axe.
To be on the receiving end of an axe blow is one of life’s most traumatic situations. And losing your job is ranked right up there as a major event. In fact, job loss is right under death of a loved one and divorce on the Homes Rahe Stress Scale.
The Trauma of a job loss is like going through several deaths at once. Your job is gone. And so is your identification with that job along with your self-esteem. Your income has also died as you separate from your associates, income, and the structure of the daily routine you’ve relied upon for the past twenty years.
So it’s only natural your trauma causes you to experience a range of emotions from anger and rage, to depression and the desire to get even.
The best way to get even is to find another job. George Herbert, the English religious poet, sums it up this way—“Living well is the best revenge.”
You may also be interested in a related article titled, Feeling Miserable (and what you can do about it).
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