In a previous post, I mentioned there was a rumor of redundancy for some friends of mine. Some people were in fact let go, though none of my friends were among the unfortunate ones.
Redundancy — losing your job in a layoff — is difficult for most people. I’ve worked with many people who have been made redundant and struggled with the aftermath. On the whole, these individuals have been hard workers, intelligent, and loyal to their companies; when the hammer finally fell, they often went into an emotional tailspin.
After the initial shock, and even though many had been compensated well for losing their job, it’s interesting to note money became the least important factor.
What really mattered was suddenly losing direction and meaning in their lives. Without work, they became unsure and lost.