With the modern economy, you've likely experienced a corporate layoff whether you're on the receiving end of the pink slip or are left to pick up the pieces. Here's how to reevaluate your job if you fall into the latter category.
I think quite a few of us have been through the layoff experience. While it's the pits to get the pink slip, you can't underestimate the drawbacks of being one of the people still employed at the company.
You know the feeling. The layoff news hits like a physical blow, especially when you're losing co-workers with whom you've bonded. This is followed by an intense case of survivor's guilt. Why them and not me?
Once the smoke clears a little and you can start to breathe, you do the "what ifs?" What if that had been me? How would unemployment have affected my ability to make ends meet? You realize how much you depend on that steady paycheck and, man, what a wake-up call!
At this point, you're motivated to run a little faster on the "treadmill" to earn your keep, so to speak. And you are going to be running faster because you're going to be doing your work and the work of the people who were laid off. The At-least-I-still-have-a-job relief starts to wear off a little when you realize that you may be left in a special kind of hell.
How do you know when the job that you're left with may no longer be a good one even if there is a steady paycheck? BNET has a great piece about layoff survivors who must do more with less, and under increasing stress. It's called Five Signs That You Have a Crummy Job. Check it out.
Toni Bowers is the former Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.