This paper presents a discussion on a personal perspective regarding job loss. Job loss entails a scenario or state where an individuals employment is abruptly terminated (Hockenbury & Hockenbury, 2010). Whereas the subject person was formally on some form of employment, the situation is reversed to render him without any job. There are various reasons leading to job loss. Recession is a period during which the economy of a state or country is in poor state or slow performance, retrenchment becomes a way to get rid of redundant employees. Other causes include changes in technology that have an effect of rendering someones skills irrelevant. For example, a typist may be replaced by the advent of computers. A management may decide that everyone should type his or her documents instead of asking a typewriter to do such an assignment.
Illness is another cause of job loss. In case, some form of sickness render a person, then he/ she will be unable to effectively undertake their duties, they may be forced to quit their jobs for recovery first (Hergenhahn, 2005). Developing of mental illness or being of unsound mind may force one to quit working too. No organization or employer would entrust such a person to represent their companies in case they have such conditions. The persons can either voluntarily leave or be requested to seek medical attention following the development of their conditions.
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In other cases, some employees become unruly, untrustworthy, undisciplined or exhibit some negative traits, which cannot be tolerated by any organization. Where employees fail to adhere to laid down regulations, engage in practices that are contrary to the interests, culture, and policies of the organization, they would end up being sacked from the positions they hold. This has an effect of rendering a person unemployed due to job loss. The foregoing are some of the main reasons leading to job loss.
For whatever reasons, job loss leads to suffering and emotional torture and loss to the victim. The following are the effects of job loss. It negatively influences the way one views things. With the loss of a job, it becomes uncertain to the victim on how to face the reality. One is caught unawares on how to respond to the loss. Many questions linger in the mind regarding their livelihood, another job opportunity, the way relatives, friends would respond and how they will view the victim. This state of affairs drives one into depression and anxiety.
Loss of a job leads to the loss of income. Every human being has needs that ought to be met. Resources or employment enables a person to earn income. It is from the income that one gets disposable income to utilize for their personal needs. There is no option to the basic needs. Where these cannot be obtained, illness, and finally death would be the outcome. Every reasonable person is aware of such facts. In case, an individual is deprived of an opportunity to work and earn revenue, their sources of income would thereby be in jeopardy. Without income, depression and poverty would set in. This has an effect of causing mental trauma to an individual since they cannot afford for their needs.
Loss of a job also lowers ones confidence and self-esteem. The feelings of having lost a source of income and social appreciation in the society causes one to experience and view himself as not being worthy. Such feelings lead to low self-esteem in an individual. This is associated with loss of a daily-routine activity, loss of a social group of the workplace or workmates and the idea or sense of loss of security. Loss of a job is hereby observed to cause suffering to an individual due to the losses that would be occasioned by being unemployed. Continued suffering and thoughts of being a failure and facing of a bleak future, often leads to mental illness.
The above constitute the state of an individual or victim who is suffering from loss of a job. There is no doubt that such experience is awful and hurting. No one would wish to be in such a situation. In case, this unfortunate event happens, there are various remedies to counter the effects of harm or loss caused by job loss. One should consider doing the following: accepting the state of affairs is important. It means that one comes into the reality with the prevailing situation and recognizes the fact that they have lost a job and would need to move on. It is critical that one realizes that their lives are more important than the jobs they have lost. It would be imperative for one to strive to sustain life first and then other plans later on. Reasonable efforts would require to be undertaken in a bid to get access to basic needs as one grapples with the future after loss of a job.
Reaching out to other people who matter is another wise and sound step. This includes relatives, friends, and any persons who have the capacity to assist the victim. Once they have been made aware of the events or situation, they can always lend a helping hand in case they happen to have the capability. These persons should be able to contact the victim regarding any job offers that may be available. Through such, one would keep hope alive of life continuing as they wait for another employment or job opening.
One is also called upon to rethink their future goals, and what drives them happy in their lives. The important point would be to concentrate on engagements that matter. The victim is also encouraged to get involved in activities that induce happiness. By so doing, joy would be attained without there being dullness, anger, depression, and bitterness in oneself. If the person in such a crisis faces the fear, anxiety, and depression, they would find it easy to cope with job loss. With fear, depression and all the negative attributes of job loss overcome, an individual would face life with confidence knowing that they would succeed in the end. Such faith would drive the person towards a happy and successful life later.
Once I had a relative who lost her job. She used to work at a local financial institution. Her case was a dismissal on disciplinary grounds. She, as expected went through a period of great anguish. She had not made substantial savings or investments to guarantee a source of income even if she lost her job. All the same, she got encouragement from the people close to her. They gave all the assistance any one would desire. This enabled her to carry on even on the face of failure. Within few months into her dismissal, she started making applications and registering with job bureaus. It took four months for her to land a job placement with a local manufacturing company. Since then, she has maintained a disciplinary record of good morals based on ethics and respect for the rule of law. She learnt through experience the consequences of ignoring the right and prescribed procedures in the society. Her situation altogether provides a moral teaching. From the foregoing, it shows that job loss causes emotional and mental torture. These can be contained within reasonable limits with appropriate and adequate assistance. Where such is done, the victim would have the strength and urge to push on notwithstanding the challenges facing them.
The aim of this paper was to present a discussion regarding the provisions of psychology regarding job loss to an individual. As has been discussed, the negative attributes associated with job loss are immense. Without adequate support and stamina to achieve success regardless of the present status, one is bound to give up and abandon the course of meaningful living (Hockenbury & Hockenbury, 2010). The paper has offered an understanding of the psychological effects caused by job loss. Information has, therefore, been availed concerning the human psychology in case of such a scenario unfolding. Everyone can prepare for the effects and adequately respond in a manner that would reasonably be expected of them.