The Emotions and Plight of a Retrenched

Few people understand the range of emotions and issues that a newly unemployed individual faces during retrenchment.

Senior managers who have been with an organisation for a long period of time, are faced with a very complex range of emotions. Their personal life, family, hobbies and leisure activities have all been scheduled and designed around their specific work and the sustenance that it provides. The type of apartment that they buy, the car that they drive, the lifestyle that they lead, and even the food the food that they eat. For those managers who are married with children, the school their children goes to, and the classes that they have signed up, etc. all make a difference. Social life beyond the family unit is usually pegged with the corporate title of the manager, as well as the people they interact with at work.

But just through a retrenchment exercise these basic components of their lives unravel rapidly; similar to a car trying to run without wheels – life simply grinds to a halt.

All these tangibles are nothing compared to the intangible pains that is to be inflicted on a newly unemployed individual.

Shock is always going to be the first emotion to hit upon hearing this terrible news. As the whole world crumbles around these individuals, anger and denial starts to set in, as they question, “Why me?”, “I have always done my best!”

Their self-confidence starts to plummet as they unknowingly think to themselves that they are at fault, scrutinising all the possible fault lines over the recent past and psychologically punishing themselves for what went wrong and what could they have done differently.

Reality starts to set in, coupled with an increase in anxiety and panic as the focus is now on the impending financial disaster. This most likely occurs if these individuals had not been doing their financial planning properly or saving up for rainy days.

The feeling of shame and self-blame conflicted with their responsibility to share the news with their family ails them. An overall sense of helplessness, perhaps an outburst of an unwarranted release of pent-up anger is thrust upon their family. Irritable and confused, they continue the downward spiral towards deep depression.

In their mind, “If only someone could help at this moment, tell me what to do, and guide me out of this crisis”.

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