People loose jobs for various reasons and desire to get back gainfully reemployed especially if the individual is still in an economically viable age. Understandably so in as much as life’s economy did not stay static.
At the loss of a job you are saddled with the job of managing a job loss. However, returning to a job keeps one employed in another form of job. The job relates to the heart and mind.
It’s a good feeling returning to become economically productive again. However, away from a job exposes one to other means of livelihood. Some get a head way after loosing a job while some others barely went by economically.
The severity of the job to do on returning to a job is depended on the reason the job was lost in the first place and the duration of a job loss. Some left job on sabbatical leave, for political appoint, study leave, medical reasons, delivery of a baby, etc. These kinds are not loss of a job as there is expectation of coming back to resume.
This write up is focused on loosing a job that was not desired to be left but was forced on either because the company is experiencing economic hardship and has to down size or an operational shift.
Now on a job with task and target expected to be delivered as much as you have a job, there is yet the job of managing the psycho-emotional impacts of returning to a job. How well these psycho-emotional impacts are managed determines whether you can perform on returning to a job.
Lets bring some of the psycho-emotional impacts to bear and discuss how to manage them all so as to give the best of your economical viability on return to a job.
SOUND OF ALARM: At the loss of a job, it’s was a fine feeling not to be woken up by the sound of alarm. However, that feeling does not last. The first psycho-emotional impact that hits is the return to wake up at the sound of alarm every work day morning. Psycho-emotionally, there is intra-personal struggle between the change in body clocking system and the set time for getting up each work day morning. Is the problem with the sound of alarm or ones disposition towards waking up for duty?
You have to keep appraising the sound of alarm as an incentive towards not getting late to work. Within couple of months your body wake up clocking system will realign with the sound of alarm for each work day morning. Always keep a positive disposition whenever the alarm sounds.
TASK CHASM: Whether you’re returning to your old job or to something completely different, either in the previous organization where you loss a job or an entirely new one, there’s the likelihood that you’ll be unfamiliar with at least some of the technology, procedure, and processes use. Working practices rarely stand still. There will be major chasm between how you use to know its done and how its done now. It will be more challenging if you were part of the team that defined the process or procedure previously.
There will be inclination to query the new processes or procedure in place now. Hay! Its not your company and if recent legislative policies or situations warranted change in what you use to know, you should focus on delivering on your return to a job with the set process or procedures that keeps the company going on before you returned.
There will likely be new bosses and colleagues that you’ll need to learn how to work with. You may not find their style of working compatible with your style. Like ever working for the first time, you need get use to the style of the new bosses and colleagues while you tactfully help them get use to your style of working as much as it does not pull the company backwards. You will all at some point in time reach m
utual agreement and acceptance.
If retuning to a job takes you to a new organization than where you lost a job, the job to be done on returning to a job could be more involving. This is so because you are back to an unfamiliar terrain with your skill set. You need to develop an open mind to work in an entirely new system, work with entirely new bosses and colleagues with their skill set.
Advisable to pay close attention to how colleagues that have been around, are faring on the new way of working before your return to a job.
THE BOSS SYNDROME: By the time you return, depending on how long you’ve gone, some colleagues may have risen up in position or salary group. Some of such colleagues will want to play the boss over you even insisting on it.
Depending on the duration of the loss of a job, likely some previous colleagues are really bosses now and has to be reckoned as such. For those who may want to robe it on your face, allow them flaunt the boss syndrome but your true worth as recognized from the past when observed at your return will eventually put to rest any bossy boss attitude from former colleagues.
WAITING TO EXHALE: At times all the impulsive negative attitudes may get the better of you but just suck it in. Give yourself a good smile and then tactfully impress your understanding the attitude but also register you’re not back for role play. Make it obvious you’re ready to work with everyone in there respective positions to deliver on the task at hand.
It will be counter productive to pick on every attitude while carrying on a task. You may have your moment to express how you are impacted by such impulsive attitudes. However, do not expect everyone to be comfortable with your return to a job if it’s the same organization. If you were so good on the job, some may see your return as a threat to their deficiency.
Always keep a warm friendly disposition. Adopt to the new way of working and if you have the administrative intellectual capacity to evaluate the deficiencies in the new way of working and can proffer a more economically professional viable way of working, you will be listened to.
KEEP A HEALTHY SELF ESTEEM: You may experience moments of emotional self defeating mood swings but that is natural only do not allow it rub you of self confidence. Its not unlikely that some colleagues may masquerade their mistakes underneath your just returning to a job. Simply highlight what you deed to ensure that the task was done effectively and at the required delivery time.
Yes you may make your own mistakes but learn from them. You need not take any such impulsive attitudes too personal. Rediscover the organized way you take on task assigned then you’ll no longer be concerned about impulsive attitudes. They even may just disappear completely.
Test your own quality and ability, check your own performance and not that of another. Self appraisal is comparing oneself not with another but with own self. That way you note and learn from mistakes made by yourself and other colleagues.
WALK THE BOSS: Returning to a job at the same organization from which lost a job, your boss who may have been there when you loss a job, may not relate with you closely. This should be expected as he has gotten familiar with the foot soldiers while you were gone.
You’ll need time for your boss to reckon with you as one of the foot soldiers he’ll have to relate with. However, look for moments to relate with him. While not working to be eye pleaser, find a way to make your input obvious to your boss.
It is exhilarating retuning to a job but its more exhilarating when you settling in productively despite all the odds. You will not get a plaque for that but the benefit of you calm demeanor.
Always remember to check your mood in relation to what you make of your return to a job. Paying attention to the job of return to a job, keeps you improving on executing your task and targets, keeps you working effectively with you colleagues as a team and, gives you a better sense of job satisfaction.