Dealing with Redundancy - The Journey to Success
What do you do when redundancy rings its bell? What next? Where now? Why me? These are only a few of many questions that whirl around at such times when redundancy is in the air.
The choices before you are varied, choices which haven’t shown themselves to you until you’ve heard the ring of the bell, even if they have been there all along.
Before those choices come to light though, there are emotions to deal with, they boil up at such times and are unique to everyone.
Make a note of your answers to the following questions, be honest with yourself, no one is going to see what you record, and be as specific as possible. So you’ve had that announcement that you are either being made redundant or are at threat of redundancy.
- How do you feel inside?
- What are your feelings towards your employer/boss?
- What are you thinking about the job you are being made redundant from?
- What are your fears for the future?
The feelings and thoughts that you are having are perfectly normal, you are human after all. Look back at what you have noted, and acknowledge that is what you are currently thinking and feeling about the situation, it is what it is.
The decision that you have to make now is now to set these emotions to one side so that you can focus on the future in a way that is resourceful and useful for you, so you can spend your energy and time on exploring your options for the future and to do what needs to be done to get you there.
- What would you like to do next? (make a list)
- What are your choices?
- What does the job have to include, would like to include?
- What do you want more/less of?
- What options for the future are you ruling out?
- What evidence do you have to support this decision?
- And how do you feel about that?
- How much time are you willing and able to invest in getting a good job?
In such times what drives us on to the next role will be a complex combination of various factors. It may be the motivation to :-
> do something completely different
> do something similar.
> learn new skills and qualifications
> have greater job security
> pay the bills, mortgage, to build a pension
> have a sense of purpose and belonging
> be self employed, your own boss
What are your motivations?
The rollercoaster of a ride that starts with that first spark of redundancy will have its ups and downs, its good times and its bad times and working with a coach can help you onto your next job.
- In working with a coach, you have that support to help you throughout the journey, helping you to understand precisely where it is you want to go, helping you to focus your energy, to make better decisions in what you do, to clear up confusion.
- A coach will work with you with your agenda from the outset and onwards through applying for new roles, preparing for interviews and onwards into a new role with its new responsibilities, routines, colleagues and culture.
- In working with a coach you’ll gain greater overall confidence in yourself, your knowledge and skills, your decision making and greater confidence to target your energies towards a successful and fulfilling future.
- A coach will not give you advice and they will not tell you what to do.
- Your coach will ask you questions that will help you to delve down and find the crux of issues, bringing greater clarity to what you want to achieve and how you will get there.
- A coach will support you in your agenda and help you to focus when you veer off track.
The future is just the remaining chapters of an unfinished book; it is for you to decide what goes in those chapters.
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