How to React to a Dismissal

A slowing economy, lower profits than hoped for, a collaboration that doesn’t go as expected… There are many reasons why someone might be let go, but whatever they are they don’t make the situation any easier. Find out how to react and bounce back after this fateful moment when your manager tells you that the organization no longer needs your services.

Get support

In an ideal world, the separation goes well and you do not have to worry about bad intentions by your employer. Unfortunately, everything is not always so rosy. If you believe you are being dismissed for invalid reasons or if you think you are being denied some of your rights, don’t hesitate to turn to a lawyer for legal aid. He or she can take a look at the terms of the contract and advise you.

Analyze the causes

The goal is to avoid finding yourself in the same situation once you have found a job. Why did the say goodbye? Was it a problem of performance, integration, attitude, or simply for economic reasons? Is there something you should do at your next job to keep it? During the dismissal interview you can ask for explanations from the participants.

Cope with the loss

The feeling of loss and emptiness after a dismissal can be difficult to overcome, but don’t try to ignore it. You have to admit it exists and manage it. It is quite normal to feel depressed, especially if you held this position for many years and considered your colleagues, even your superiors, as friends.

Talk about it…

This is part of the grieving process: talk about it with those around you to unload some of your burden. Don’t hesitate to tell them how you feel, what your doubts are about what comes next, and listen to their advice. Indeed, with their hindsight, they may see positive aspects or solutions that you might not have thought of, being too preoccupied.

… But be careful what you say

Don’t say just anything, especially if you talk to your former colleagues. There’s no question, for example, of putting everything on the back of your ex-employer and insulting him – the rumour could come round and close doors for you in the future.

Seize the opportunity

The situation is difficult, but it can also be full of opportunities. Are there things you have always wanted to do without having the time, such as honing a particular skill, volunteering or considering retraining?

Take time for yourself

If you can afford it, don’t go headlong into a new job, but try to take a few weeks to refocus on yourself, your desires and who you are outside of work. It is easy to get lost in your professional value and forget that you have interests and qualities outside the office. Somewhat like after a romantic breakup, get to know yourself as an individual.

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