A few weeks ago, I got a call from a friend who just had just been told she was being made redundant. No warning, nothing, just like that…
The current situation is tough on people but also on many businesses who have to adjust and do whatever they can (or want) not to go under. For them it’s all about survival.
There will be some cowboy businesses who use this as an opportunity to do whatever they want. Some others will truly try their best to save jobs but just can’t. And now, you will see what your company’s strategy is.
Choices will be made to save money, jobs, maybe both. You might agree or disagree with them but your opinion won’t influence the outcome. Whatever has to be done will be done and for a minute you’ll feel like a spectator in your own life.
Maybe you’ll be safe, maybe you’ll be furloughed, maybe you’ll be made redundant. Only time will tell. But whatever happens, don’t take it personally! It’s not your fault.
You haven’t done anything right or wrong, you are just a resource (think about it, that’s what HR is about: human ‘resources’) that is or isn’t essential for the survival of your company right now. Tough love I know but feeling sorry for yourself or getting angry at the situation won’t change the outcome, you have to get over it quickly and think about your next move.
Maybe you’ve always wanted to go travelling the world (well, when at least after this lockdown is over), spend more time with family, write a book or change career. It’s your opportunity to do so. But if you don’t, that fine too, you can now focus solely on finding a job you love in a company you’re proud of.
Take time to think about what you really want to do and turn your energy into making it happen.