5 Ways to Deal with Workplace Uncertainty

The past few years have been really tough, and while COVID seems to be over (we hope), the fallout has still been coming in hot and heavy.

LinkedIn is pouring with redundancy posts, which can leave you anxious – and if you’re hearing gossip at work that cutbacks are being made, it could leave you dealing with workplace uncertainty.

Firstly, don’t panic. A lot of businesses do everything they can to ensure redundancies don’t happen. We’ll take a look at 5 things you can do to help ease your workplace uncertainty.

  1. Accept that some things are out of your hands

People often say don’t stress over things you can’t control, and while it’s hard, it’s completely true.

Only worry about things that are in your control, and that involves things like your workload, your attitude and how you respond to things. Including this.

Workplace uncertainty is hard, but always keep in mind the majority of the time It’s not personal. So, unless your quality of work or attitude is the problem, putting a strain on your own physical or mental health isn’t worth it.

2. Come up with a game plan

You usually have a gut feeling when layoffs are on the horizon, and in that instance, it may be worth lining up talks and interviews with recruiters. The way you approach this is different and will depend on how long you’ve been there.

For example, if you’ve been in the company less than a year, it’s most likely wise to chat with recruiters as soon as you can, with the plan on finding a role as soon as possible. But if you’ve been there 10+ years, you may have a decent redundancy package to wait for, one that you definitely deserve too. Not wanting to miss out on that is completely understandable.

In this instance you could put some feelers out with recruiters and employers and go from there. The more experience you have, the more likely you’ll find employers who are willing to wait for you.

This is another reason why always being open to new opportunities even when you love your job is a must!

3. Avoid rumours before you know the facts

Rumours are simply… rumours! Unless you have the facts, it isn’t worth worrying over. Always think about the facts – what do you know? Have you heard this from a person of authority, or just someone who has new gossip at the coffee machine every week?

If your worry gets too much, book some time in with your manager to talk about the rumours. While they can’t come out and explicitly say redundancies will be made, read their body language or any subtle hints they may give you. Afterall they’re human, and don’t want to see you struggling either.

4. Invest in you

How many times have you chatted with co-workers, friends and family members over the side hustle you’ve always wanted to start up? We often hear wonderful stories of people’s side hustles becoming genuine businesses, and nothing will cure your uncertainty like becoming your own boss.

5. Always remember when one door closes, another exciting door opens

One thing many of us don’t like is change. It can be scary, but at the same time the best thing to ever happen to us. You could start up your own business, change career paths or try something completely different – the world is your oyster!

Always remember if you’re looking for a new role to make your CV stand out and avoid common mistakes!

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Beam Recruit is a specialist accountancy and finance recruitment consultancy based on three principles: transparent, honest and ethical. Whether you’re recruiting for a position or looking for your next role, Beam can help you along the way.