This quote caught my attention as a Fortune 50 company defended the slashing of thousands of jobs in January: “Our focus on financial discipline, growth opportunities and shareholder value is what will make us a source of new opportunities for our people and partners in the years ahead.”
Numerous organizations are shedding jobs as economic woes combine with the lingering winter chill to cause employees to be nervous and reflective about their futures. This is a time of emotional whip lash. As people see colleagues exit, or they leave themselves, the emotions are raw. The emotions I’m sure we’ve all seen or maybe even experienced include disbelief, anger, despair, self analysis, depression. . . then finally “OK what do I do know?”
One thing I know for sure we can’t get through these tough times on our own strength. We need caring people around us. I’d invite you to share your thoughts and experiences with job loss. Your insights will help others.
At a personal level…how have you dealt with job loss…how have you helped friends and colleagues cope? What advice have you shared?
At the organizational level….how have you tackled slumping morale and shrinking budgets and kept people focus on noble EHS goals?
Please chime in. Your perspectives will be helpful to the community.