Workplace counsellor says "stay connected"

A WORKPLACE counsellor says when it comes to people's reactions about being made redundant, there's no "one size fits all".

He said, generally speaking, people's circumstances varied greatly and so some people accept their redundancy and move on, others take a holiday while some get stressed.

"With lay-offs from one of the major industries most of the people I spoke to had accepted their situation and there were only a couple who were upset and unsure of what to do," he said.

The counsellor, who asked us not to name him, said the most common question he was asked was: "I don't know what to do".

"For the ones who are stressed and unsure of what to do next, we get them thinking about previous hardships," he said.

"We help people identify the resources they have so they can move on. It's all about building people's resilience up again by validating and reassuring them that what they are going through is normal."

Depending on the client's circumstances, the counsellor will also apply a range of methods to help them deal with their job loss.

"We're like a crisis intervention that helps people in various types of situations," he said.

"The most important thing is for people to remain connected."

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