Tuesday, February 3, 2009

How Fear Of Being Laid Off Can Effect Your Job Topic On Paltalk

Dr. Orloff

Everyday the lead story on the news is the economy and how many people have been "downsized" - a euphemistic way of saying they got laid off.

An APA survey of stress in America concludes that almost half of American workers are fearful they won't be able to continue meeting their family's basic needs. Eight out of 10 surveyed cite the economy as a major source of stress. A Gallup poll reaches similar conclusions; 62 percent of the American workforce described themselves as either "struggling" or "suffering" due to economic fears.

All this is affecting the performance of people in the workplace. The World Health Organization says one in 10 employees suffer from depression and lose an average of 6.2 days out of every 20 work days because of it.

UCLA psychiatrist and best-selling author Dr. Judith Orloff, offers new ways for employees to manage fear, depression, and anxiety brought on by economic fears. Her techniques help workers "flip the switch" from negative emotional states into healthier positive ones so they can be happier and more productive on the job.

Orloff, author of a new book on the topic, Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself from Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life, was my guest on News Talk Online on Paltalk.com

Orloff shares five ways employees can transform fear into courage. Her book also explores:

Signs that you're letting economic fear overcome you

How the economy is contributing to a national mental health crisis

How to manage real fear versus fear of the unknown

How to turn economic fear, depression, and worry to your advantage

Orloff is a board-certified psychiatrist and an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA. The book is described as a guide to remaining positive, calm, and brave in tumultuous economic times.

Paltalk is the largest multimedia interactive program on the Internet with more than 4 million unique users.

News Talk Online is also syndicated by CRN Digital Talk Radio to an additional 12 million households.


Anonymous said...

Fear of being Laid Off should not be something new. I think everyone has experienced it one time or another.

The first time I was laid off from a corporate job was in the early 90' and I was very devastated. During those early years, corporations used to be somewhat morally accountable, and their image mattered so much at the national level.

Nowadays, people get shocked to hear that they are out of a job that very morning the layoffs are announced. In many cases laid off employees have only minutes to clear their desks, and are escorted by security out of the building. Recently in Chicago, a company shut its doors without notice, leaving humdreds of employees without any recourse, or even explanation.

The feeling of being rejected is all too human, and tends to cast a cloud of worthlessness on the human psyche. Corporations should at the very least be conscious of the devastation people go through when losing their jobs, and put in place some kind of counceling system to help people cope with the loss of their livelyhood.

The Media unfortunately, tends to use a discourse that goes beyond understanding the severity of the economy, blows things out of proportion, and is responsible for the onset of panic that indirectly may contribut to the fast demise of many businesses.


Anonymous said...

There is another unique way of saying, "you're fired." It is "outplacing." I first became familiar with this phrase when I worked for THE EQUITABLE LIFE ASSURANCE SOCIETY in the early 80s.
The difference between being fired and "outsourced", in the "olden" days, at least, was that the company would provide workshops and resume services for those who went through this unnerving procedure. Also, those outplaced were allowed to use the company's telephone and fax services in the attempt to find other suitable employment. As I said, this was in the "olden" days. Also, let me add, that employment in the EQUITABLE had always been considered "employment for life." This company did not fired people during the OTHER great depression. They cut the work week to 4 days in order to keep staff employed. I was told this by colleagues.

While I was not a victim of this procedure, many of those I knew were. The company was trimming its employment force by 10% and the frustrating thing was that it didn't matter if you were an excellent employee or not. When your number came up you were gone.

It was worse for those who had given the company their all. Why should they work to their best ability in another company when the same fate may befall them. Loyalty is a two-way street, or at least it should be.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say Dr. Orloff has a fall back position should she lose her job at UCLA. She could open up a private office and treat the rest of us undergoing the mind numbing stress the current financial position has left us in.