Layoff Survivor 101

Responding to the loss of a job is often the same as with other losses:
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  1. Denial
  2. Anger
  3. Fear
  4. Depression
  5. Acceptance
Acknowledge the loss.
Possible Reactions:
  • Fear/insecurity/worry/anxiety
  • Sadness
  • Anger
  • Withdrawal
  • Guilt
  • Relief
  • Anticipation
Maintain Good Self-Care.
  • Nutrition
  • Sleep
  • Exercise
  • Uplifting activities
Ignore rumors.
  • Seek accurate information instead
Keep communication channels with your boss open.
Empower yourself.
  • Update your resume.
  • Increase networking opportunities.
Take control of your budget.
Two coping strategies:
  • Use solution-focused thinking — designed to eliminate problems
  • Reduce symptoms — to lessen the sense of hardship you are experiencing


Take time to review

what you can and cannot

realistically control.

 I can control

I cannot control

My time The unexpected
 My attitude Others' attitudes 
How I treat others How others treat me
How I treat myself What people think, say, and do
My emotions Others' emotions
My reactions Others' reactions

You and your family members are eligible to see, at no cost to you, a professional counselor through your Employee Assistance Program.
Call us at (808) 597-8222 to schedule a time to meet with a counselor near you. All services are strictly confidential.

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