Worklife

Thriving After a Layoff: A Resilience Guide for the Team Still Standing

Layoffs are unfortunate in the modern workplace, but they don't have to dictate your professional future. By embracing emotional complexity, strengthening bonds with affected colleagues, reinventing your role, and preparing for the road ahead, you can not only survive but thrive after a layoff.

May 1, 2023
Mohit Sahni

Layoffs have become an unfortunate reality in today's ever-changing economic landscape. While those who lose their jobs bear the brunt of the impact, the ripple effect also reaches the remaining employees. In this article, we delve deeper into the challenges faced by surviving employees and discuss how corporate wellness programs, like those offered by Power8, can provide vital support during these difficult times.

Embracing Emotional Complexity

A layoff can trigger a wide range of emotions in the employees left behind. They may experience relief at retaining their jobs, guilt for their colleagues' misfortune, and anxiety about their own job security. It's crucial to acknowledge these emotions and not suppress them.

Instead of letting these feelings overwhelm you, seek mental health support when necessary. Many companies offer counseling services and mental health resources, which can provide a safe space to explore and process your emotions.

Creating a healthy work-life balance is also essential during this period. Establish boundaries between your personal and professional life to provide a safe haven for yourself when work feels unstable or overwhelming.

Strengthening Bonds with Affected Colleagues

Maintaining a strong bond with colleagues who have been laid off is vital, as it shows solidarity and strengthens your professional network. Reach out to them with genuine empathy, offering assistance wherever possible.

For instance, share job leads or connect them to potential job opportunities. Offer to provide feedback on their resumes, cover letters, or LinkedIn profiles, which can give them a competitive edge in their job search. You show your support and build lasting professional relationships by standing by your colleagues during these difficult times.

Reinventing Your Role

Layoffs can lead to a redistribution of job responsibilities among the remaining employees. This can be both an opportunity for growth and a potential source of stress and burnout. To manage this transition effectively, schedule a meeting with your manager to discuss your new job expectations and responsibilities.

Keep a record of your accomplishments, additional tasks, and increased workload, as this information will prove invaluable when negotiating promotions or raises in the future. Embrace growth opportunities that arise during this challenging period, as they can help you develop new skills and enhance your professional profile.

Rediscovering Your Professional Purpose

Use the period of change following a layoff as an opportunity to reassess your job satisfaction and fulfillment. Evaluate which tasks energize you and which ones drain you. Seek feedback from colleagues and managers to identify areas of improvement and growth.

Reflect on whether your current role and organization align with your values, passions, and goals. If the alignment no longer exists, consider exploring new opportunities within or outside the company that better match your interests and aspirations.

Envisioning Your Ideal Future

Having a clear vision of your desired skills and experiences will help you navigate your career path more effectively. Explore new opportunities within the company that align with your interests, or stay ahead of industry trends and innovations that could impact your role.

For instance, consider how technological advancements, such as artificial intelligence, might affect your industry and job. By proactively positioning yourself as a valuable asset, you increase your chances of long-term success.

Preparing for the Road Ahead

When discussing your long-term goals with your manager, be mindful of timing. It's best to wait until the situation feels more stable, typically three to six months after a layoff. Most managers appreciate employees who are proactive in adding value to the company, especially during challenging times.

If suitable opportunities are unavailable within your organization, consider seeking external openings that align with your future goals. Keep your resume, portfolio, and LinkedIn profile updated, and connect with hiring managers or apply to new positions that interest you. By preparing for the road ahead, you ensure you're ready to seize new opportunities.

Power8's Corporate Wellness Programs

In the aftermath of a layoff, employees may struggle with their mental and emotional well-being. This is where Power8's employee wellness programs can make a significant difference. These programs provide essential support to employees, helping them navigate the challenges they face while boosting their overall well-being.

Power8's employee wellness programs are designed to address employees' unique needs, especially during organizational change. They offer tools and resources that promote physical, mental, and emotional health. By focusing on holistic well-being, these programs foster a resilient workforce capable of thriving in the face of adversity.

Final Words

Layoffs are unfortunate in the modern workplace, but they don't have to dictate your professional future. By embracing emotional complexity, strengthening bonds with affected colleagues, reinventing your role, rediscovering your professional purpose, envisioning your ideal future, and preparing for the road ahead, you can not only survive but thrive after a layoff. 

Power8's corporate wellness programs offer the support and resources needed to navigate these turbulent times, ensuring that companies and employees emerge stronger and more resilient than ever.

Workplace

Surviving (and Thriving) After a Bad Day in the Office

July 1, 2023
Nitesh Padghan

We've all experienced those days at work when everything seems to go wrong. The stress starts mounting, your workload appears insurmountable, and even the smallest workplace frictions feel amplified. 

During these challenging times, understanding how to navigate and transform these experiences can have a significant impact on your overall well-being and productivity. 

Drawing from years of expertise in corporate wellness, let's dive deeper into effective strategies that can turn your challenging workday around.

Understanding the Undercurrent

When you're caught in the whirlwind of a bad workday, it's essential to understand your emotional state. Emotional self-awareness—the ability to recognize and understand your own emotions—is a critical aspect of emotional intelligence. It allows you to pinpoint the stress triggers, thereby enabling you to navigate them more effectively.

During such challenging times, find a quiet, private space. Close your eyes and focus on your feelings without attempting to alter or judge them. Identify your emotional state and label it—this could range from feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or frustrated. Acknowledge the events or interactions that have led to these emotions. This process not only allows you to dissociate from immediate emotional distress but also helps in developing a comprehensive coping strategy.

"You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it." - Maya Angelou

The Power of Mindful Breaks

In the face of mounting stress, one might feel compelled to plow through the work without any breaks. However, this approach often leads to mental fatigue and diminished productivity. Short, regular breaks offer an opportunity for your mind to reset, reduce stress, and enhance mental agility.

Consider adopting the Pomodoro Technique—a time management method that encourages you to work in focused time blocks, typically 25 minutes, followed by a 5-minute break. During these breaks, engage in mindfulness activities such as meditation or deep-breathing exercises. 

Mindfulness helps ground you in the present moment, offering a respite from the anxieties tied to your work. Even simply enjoying a peaceful moment staring out the window or savoring your coffee can provide a calming effect.

Regain Control with the Eisenhower Box

When stress is peaking, it often stems from a feeling of losing control over your tasks. The Eisenhower Box—a productivity tool named after the 34th President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower—can help you regain this control. This method allows you to categorize your tasks into four quadrants: urgent and important, important but not urgent, urgent but not important, and neither urgent nor important.

By visually organizing your tasks, you can identify what needs your immediate attention, what can be scheduled for later, what can be delegated, and what can be eliminated. This approach not only helps in efficient time management but also provides a sense of control and accomplishment as you navigate your way through the workday.

The Power of Communication and Collaboration

In the chaotic throes of a demanding workday, it's crucial not to overlook the value of communication and collaboration. Strong communication fosters a supportive environment that can significantly lighten your emotional load and lead to more effective problem-solving.

Start by openly discussing your current challenges with your colleagues or superiors. Express your thoughts and feelings in a constructive manner, ensuring to focus on the situation, not the individuals involved. For instance, instead of saying "I can't meet this deadline because of all the other work I have," try expressing it as, "I'm concerned about juggling the current project with the upcoming deadline. Do you have any suggestions, or could we possibly redistribute some tasks?"

Remember, your colleagues might be unaware of your workload or the challenges you're facing. By communicating your situation, you not only relieve some of your stress but also open up opportunities for others to provide assistance or offer solutions. It can also stimulate a collective discussion about workload distribution, eventually leading to a more balanced and manageable workflow.

The Role of Self-Care in Workplace Wellness

While professional strategies are critical in managing a tough workday, don't underestimate the importance of personal self-care practices in maintaining overall workplace wellness. Engaging in self-care activities is not indulgent; rather, it's a vital part of preserving your mental and physical health, particularly during challenging times.

Consider the various forms of self-care and how they could be integrated into your routine. This could involve physical activities, such as going for a walk, doing yoga, or hitting the gym. Physical exercise triggers the release of endorphins—often referred to as 'feel-good hormones'—which can help to alleviate stress and improve mood.

Nutrition and Mindfulness

Nutrition also plays an essential role in managing stress. Consuming a balanced diet fuels your body with the necessary nutrients it needs to cope with stress. Therefore, even during a hectic workday, make time to prepare and consume nutritious meals. Hydration is also important, as even mild dehydration can lead to feelings of fatigue and decreased cognitive functioning.

Mindfulness and relaxation activities can also significantly contribute to stress management. This might involve practices such as meditation, deep-breathing exercises, or progressive muscle relaxation. These activities promote a sense of calm, improve focus, and help in detaching from immediate stressors.

Lastly, make sure to prioritize rest and sleep. Lack of sleep can amplify feelings of stress and reduce your ability to cope with challenges. Ensure you're getting sufficient sleep each night to allow your body and mind to recover from the day's stresses.

Closing Thoughts

While bad days at work are inevitable, they don't have to dictate your overall work experience. By harnessing emotional self-awareness, taking mindful breaks, employing effective time management strategies, fostering open communication, and prioritizing self-care, you can transform a bad day into an opportunity for learning and personal growth.

Productivity

The Productivity Guide - How to Be More Productive at Work

September 15, 2022
The Wellness Tribe

We've all experienced a bad day while working from home.

You begin your day on a positive note. However, the deadline for a large project is approaching, and you don't have time to complete it. So, instead of staying on track and getting an early start, you get distracted by anything but work.

The majority of your workday is spent on Twitter, Slack, and LinkedIn. We won't even talk about email. So those ambitions of completing the assignment before lunch become far away.

You aren't alone: office workers spend 28% of their time on unnecessary distractions. In addition to this, an average of five hours are spent each week visiting non-work-related websites.

As soon as you put those useless distractions aside, you're hit by midday hunger pangs, and all you want is food. As a result of wasting your whole morning, your mind explodes into a frenzy, and your anxious afternoon transforms into an evening full of stress.

Try to imagine what it would be like if you had a productive workday every day; imagine what it would be like if it became a habit.

At first, you will need to put in more time and effort. Our recommendations, however, may be helpful for long-term adjustments in your work routine with a bit of self-reflection and forward thinking.

Starting Your Day

The Productivity Guide - How to Be More Productive at Work
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A day's work can be set in stone within its first hour. But, with a couple of mistakes, you will find it's already 11 a.m., having no idea where the first two hours of your day went.

Morning productivity is all about developing habits that will last. So if you're looking for something to do on Monday, instead of opening Facebook, open Google Docs instead.

A Few Things To Start With

Starting your day with a nutritious meal will set you up for success. Dietary choices affect your productivity at work, as they provide everything your mind body soul needs.

It is recommended to consume low-glycemic carbohydrate diets throughout the day to maintain consistent energy levels. For those of us who aren't nutritionists, this means lots of fruits and vegetables. In addition, an egg, banana, yogurt, or blueberry breakfast may improve memory and relieve stress.

You should resist the urge to look at your e-mail when you first arrive at your workstation. You might lose your most valuable thinking hours early in the morning if you start your day reading, responding, and sorting your inbox.

The constant checking of your email will also become a habit. Reading your email while you commute to work is an excellent idea if you don't drive to work. If you have any important to-do items to check in your email before heading out to work, allocate five to ten minutes for them.

Once you have inspected it briefly, please turn it off. You will notice the difference in your productivity.

"Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort." - Paul J. Meyer

The Little Things

Do you still want to open Gmail? You can achieve productivity goals most easily by developing "tiny habits." Tiny habits are simple, ongoing activities that create long-term behavioural changes.

For new behaviours to stick, consider the following factors:

1. Motivating factors that may assist in changing a habit.

2. Acts that make the new habit easy to form.

3. A stimulus that results in an action.

If you know that email is a huge distraction for you, schedule times to check it. Then, treat yourself to a snack break if you finish it in less than 15 minutes. Try this strategy for any habit you wish to create, such as reading or meditating, and you will have a perfect work life balance.

Setting Priorities

The Productivity Guide - How to Be More Productive at Work
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It may not be ideal for everyone to have an organised to-do list, but we could all benefit from it. First, sort chores into priority levels and categorise them accordingly. Prioritising the simplest chores is tempting, but setting priority levels will remind you to focus on the bigger tasks first.

Identify Your Distractions

A diagnosis is essential to administering the correct treatment in medicine. In addition, it is essential to understand what precisely distracts you if you want to establish productive habits that last months, not days.

Using time tracking software or good old-fashioned pen and paper, keep track of how you spend your time for a week. Record when you encounter distractions and what they are during the process. 

Review your work time at the end of each week. Analyse patterns of cause and effect. For example, you may fall victim to reading the news while working. Then you scroll for 30 minutes on social media after checking your email.

The process of documenting your week may seem overwhelming to many people. They may claim that it will take a considerable amount of time. But don't ignore this one. You might have more work for one week, but you'll save hundreds of hours later.

A Remote Work Environment

Nowadays, more and more people work from home. Indeed, you're not distracted by co-workers at home, but that doesn't mean you're untouched by distractions. Homeworkers often become their own worst enemies when working from home.

Conclusion

Whenever possible, try to replicate your regular weekday on your off-days. A regular schedule of waking up, showering, and dressing as if you were going to work is important. Working from home doesn't mean staying at home all day.

Go to a coffee shop to avoid the temptation to clean the bathroom or organise your bookcases. Instead, commit to accomplishing more - preferably ahead of the weekly demands - when you work from home.

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