I am worried about losing my job, what can I do?

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October 5th, 2016 4:16am
Begin look for new jobs just to have a safety net. Improve your job performance until you are satisfied you're doing the best you can - which is the most you can expect from yourself. Speak with your boss and say something like "I'm just checking in to see how I've been doing lately and if there's anything I can improve on." Other than that, there is nothing you can do to prepare so best to continue working at work and not worrying when you're home: worry at that point will just waste time that you could spend doing anything healthier.
October 10th, 2016 12:12pm
Try to get into the habit of sending out CVs in advance of the issue and try to save some of each paycheck if you can so that you have a safety net. It can also help to have a word with your supervisor asking how they feel you could improve your performance if you haven't already.
October 20th, 2016 4:32pm
I suggest that you talk to your boss about your fears as they are the one's that decide your jobs fate. If you're doing everything right then you shouldn't fear :)
November 2nd, 2016 4:48am
Talk to your employer and see if there are any way to put yourself in a more stable position - this way you won't have to worry so much
November 9th, 2016 10:41pm
Reflect on why you're worried about losing your job. Are you worried about losing your job because of personal performance, or because the company is going through a rough patch and sees you as expendable. If there's something relating to personal performance, give your absolute best. In the end, you will go out knowing you did everything you could. If the company is downsizing, give your best to prove you're worth keeping. Or, be proactive and seek out your superior. Ask them if they can give a performance report. You'll show you care about your job, and care to improve on weak areas.
November 23rd, 2016 1:24am
The first thing I would suggest is to talk to your supervisor. Ask him/her how you can improve your job performance. Usually, they will provide you with constructive criticism. I would also suggest, and this part might be hard, changing your mindset. Focus on positive things as much as you can.
December 22nd, 2016 11:18pm
Evaluate why you are feeling this way. Questions you may ask yourself to help accomplish this are: - Do you feel insecure about your performance? - Do you feel that your co-workers or supervisors dislike you? - Are there tangible reasons that lead you to think this (company lay-offs, lack of hours)? - Have you, realistically, done something that would result in your termination (tardiness, punishable offense, skipping work)? From here, put in to practice a method of preparedness for the worst case scenario. It never helps to be prepared! Realistically walk-through the steps you could take to manage a loss of income and job. Things you could do to prepare are: - Seek out available employment opportunities (apply or inquire, it isn't a solid commitment). - Ask for professional references from your current workplace. - Start saving up a "fallback fund". Now that you have prepared for the worst case scenario, nothing can stand in your way! Approach the issue head-on and decipher whether or not the worry has merit. To do this, depending on what causes your anxiety, you could: - Apologize to your supervisors for any poor performance, tardiness, or missed work. Empathize with their displeasure, and use realistic, non-excusing reasoning to explain your faults (depression, trouble at home, school, stress, illness). - Work hard, bring results! - Encourage, empathize with, and entertain your co-workers! Put on a friendly face, and really try to connect with and repair the relationships with your office peers! - Communicate with your superiors if there have been external reasons beyond your control leading to your concern (lay-offs, etc.). Let them know what you bring to the table, how you benefit the company, and why you feel you should be kept on as an employee. Use examples that are introspective, realistic, and accentuate the reasons you make the workplace a better environment or more productive (ex.: I have an empathetic approach to customer service and employee relations, which has made me one of our top negotiators, bringing in repeat business that has benefits for all office members).
January 12th, 2017 10:27pm
I would speak to your boss and co-workers and if you need to work on your self for work do so. Improvements don't make you bad at your job or anything, learning and making progress in your life is a good thing for you and gives you safety nets!
January 15th, 2017 12:04am
Depends on what your situation is exactly. If you have a degree and enough years of experience, I would recommend start searching for a new job while remaining in the current one. If good jobs arise, you should take them and leave your risky current job. Else, you'd need to look further into your situation with people responsible for your job keeping. Through it all you have to stay strong. Nothing in this world comes easy, as long as you keep your head high and looking for the best, you'll be in a much better situation soon!
February 1st, 2017 8:53am
Talk to your boss personally and ask if there is anything extra you can do around your job. Often times just by showing initiative it can speak loudly for any employee across the board. If you have a hunch that there is a possibility you could be losing your job you've got a warning most people don't see, or get before they're gone. Take advantage of it and pick up some slack!
March 2nd, 2017 11:04pm
Ask yourself why you're worried about losing your job and if it's warranted. If there is a legitimate reason that you may lose your job, considering talking to your boss about your concerns and thinking of an emergency plan in the event things do not work out.
March 29th, 2017 8:33pm
You can try your hardest to make the people at your job realize that you are good enough to have the job! Help out people that need it at your job, and put all of your energy and effort in! Good luck!
June 23rd, 2017 2:36pm
Work to the best of your abilities, show your boss that you take your job seriously and want to retain a position.
July 7th, 2017 8:02am
The first thing you should do is to complete all your work efficiently and effectively. No bosses like a delayed or incompetent result. If you're way past this stage at work and are more afraid of losing out, you can attend courses to upgrade yourself. Talk to your boss about handling more task or to go for courses which will in turn, benefit your team :)
July 13th, 2017 11:50am
Speak to your boss or manager, find out what you should prepare for and how you can remain as an employee. In the meantime, start to refresh your resume if you have one and look at other opportunities that may be out there.
July 30th, 2017 11:47pm
Speak to a workplace mentor, or a member of human resources at your workplace to receive advice. It is also possible to enquire on the company policy eg 3 warnings may be needed before dismissing an employee, this is empowering information. If feeling able, speak directly to the line manager or supervisor for clarity on your performance. Positive feedback may be recieved. If there is negative feedback request advice on goals and improvements to your work. Addressing the issue and taking action can relieve anxiety. Mindfulness techniques and exercise can be helpful to relieve anxiety symptoms.
August 10th, 2017 6:48pm
Firstly is there evidence to back the fact you might loose your job. If the answer is NO then you may be over analyzing the situation. If your answer is YES then deal with the job issue head on. Speak to your boss or manager and see what can be done to avoid loosing your job. Other then that look for jobs elsewhere to make sure you have something just in case you do loose your job.
August 19th, 2017 1:13pm
The fact of losing one's job is a normal feeling at some point in our lives. You just need to keep doing your best at your workplace. If you work hard you will surely not be losing your job. Be honest work hard and keep trying. Look for the reason why you feel you might lose your job.
August 20th, 2017 12:50pm
You are worried about losing your job. Now first you need to analyse why you are worried about losing your job. Thinking helps as well as writing also help. Jot down all the points you think are your short forms that you will use your job. If you think these are the points why you can lose your job then work on them. When you will work on them you will feel that you are doing actually something productive regarding the stress. If you still feel anxious about losing your job and you should probably talk to your family and friends who can support you through the dilemma.
August 23rd, 2017 1:18am
Losing your job can job can be an understably worrying thing, as almost everything we have to do relies on our finances. Have you considered posting your résumé on a job website or submitting it to some different companies in the same business they you have experience in?
November 15th, 2017 5:44pm
Take a day off and reanalyze the situation and work very hard to cover all the backlog and be prepare for the coming days
November 18th, 2017 4:12am
Expect the best, prepare for the worst. Having a candid conversation with your supervisor should be helpful.
November 22nd, 2017 2:16am
I think there are 2 ways. Either "expanding vertically", or "expanding horizontally". "Expanding vertically" means to continuously gain expertise in the field of work. This will sustain your position in the company. Even if layoffs happened, you will be able to bring along your expertise with you to serve another company. Another way is "expanding horizontally", which is to equip yourself with more skills rather than just the one technical know-how or skill in the area of expertise. You can learn some soft skills including interpersonal skills, problem solving skills and leadership skills, or you can develop a new language skill, or learn a new skill from other areas of expertise. You skill set is a valuable inventory of yourself, you will be able to stabilize your position with the variety of skills you have. If you are being laid off, you will be at an advantage in job hunting for having multiple skills.
November 29th, 2017 3:57pm
How about asking your boss about what he or she thinks about your performance? What can you improve? So he or she realizes you care about your job.
December 14th, 2017 6:43am
Looking at positive part of it - You are already knowing that you are losing job. This provides with additional time for planning your 'Next', while you are still at job. Staying positive during these period can immensely help in future, for 1) You are mentally prepared for leaving the job 2) You have already spent time in thinking about what ALL you can possibly do, after losing job. It can be starting your own - very small, OR kind of jobs you might want to start approaching. 3. Preparing self could also accelerate your chance of getting next job. And who know's your current employer may fall in love with your positive attitude and beg to you for staying back. There is no time to think about 'why me', 'what could have happened, if', etc. Every time your mind encounters a word, 'WHY', replace it with 'How' or 'What' and you would be immediately transported from problematic past to bright future. Eg. Why does it happens with me only? How can I prevent such thing in future? /What should I be doing now to prevent such thing in future. In an all, there's only one thing to do in this phase. Look forward.
December 23rd, 2017 2:45am
In today's workplace things can change really fast. Employers look for people who are dedicated to doing there best. Asking and being receptive to constructive feedback shows your dedication to growing in your position.
December 30th, 2017 4:00pm
You could try finding out why you are worried - did anything happen? Did you make a mistake? Is it selfdoubt without a specific reason? Maybe talking with a friend or a collegue could help you
January 7th, 2018 12:54am
List all the things down that makes you think this is possible. Start ticking off the list one by one when you find an answer. If you are worried take steps towards more certainty
February 16th, 2018 12:11am
Please remember that fears are irrational. It's easy to worry, but you're spending the time you could be figuring out a plan B while panicking about problem A. You can handle anything, and if you feel like you might be in remiss to lose your position, come into work, do your best, have a good word for everyone and set up a backup plan (I.E. New potential employer) to fall back on. Never let yourself defeated- the fat lady never sings in this case for you. You've got this.
March 1st, 2018 12:30am
If the job loss is in the future. Start setting aside emergency money now. Prepare. Look around for other job options.. Embrace the adventure