Grief and loss
Grief is a natural response to loss. It’s the emotional suffering you feel when something (your job) you love is taken away. Often, the pain of loss can feel overwhelming. You may experience all kinds of difficult and unexpected emotions, from shock or anger to disbelief, guilt, and profound sadness. The pain of grief can also disrupt your physical health, making it difficult to sleep, eat, or even think straight. These are normal reactions to loss—and the more significant the loss, the more intense your grief will be.
Coping with the loss of something you love or need is one of life’s biggest challenges. You may associate grieving with the death of a loved one—which is often the cause of the most intense type of grief—but any loss can cause grief. Getting a warning in the workplace can trigger feeling’s of grief as a unjustice has been done. Grief in the workplace works on various levels.
Dismissal and Grief, what can i do?
People call it by various names and labels: sacked, dismissed, terminated, made redundant, forced to resign, unfairly dismissed. But it all amounts to the same thing. That company that you worked for. That gave you income. Enjoyment in life. A sense of purpose. The ability to socially interact is no longer there, is no longer available to you. This then prompts the question Dismissal and Grief, what can i do?
Various studies show the profound psychological effect of losing your job, is in the top factors of stress in a persons life. This is along with a death in the immediate family and moving house. At A Whole New Approach P/L, it saddens me to say we get at least two suicides’ a year. Numerous employees who have breakdowns and will never work again. Loss of employment is an experience that is lived, its not some theoretical thing that only happens to others.
Lives should not be defined by a dismissal
This particularly concerns me with young people who lives should not be defined by a dismissal. Particularly when its inherently unfair as to why they lost their job, who now want to pack work life in. Another group of employees are who lose their job around the age of 60 plus. This group will find it difficult to get another job. This is particularly so, when its combined with underlining health issues, caused by age. Plus in many cases divorce, and living in a more isolated manner, with very little social structure. Anxiety attacks, depression, are common in this age group.
Dismissal and Grief, what can i do? What others think
Job loss triggers a process of global adjustment in the person in all their personal, social and family dimensions (Afonso and Poeschl, 2006), and involves losing contact with a situation with which an affective bond is maintained. In this way, an expression similar to that of mourning in any other circumstance takes place, such as that characterizing the loss of a loved one (Karsten and Moser, 2009; Buendía, 2010).https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6399146/
Dismissal and your mental health.
Very little is published around these topics, its not dealt with by the Fair work Commission, the Federal Circuit Court is for people of means and prepared to spend it. Doctors have access to place people on mental health plans which is now completely over run by pandemic related mental health issues. (working from home, forced back to work and being exposed to COVID-19, etc) I am mindful in these articles and subsequent advice, that’s its not for everybody.
If you cherry pick and even one suggestion resonates with you or is implemented by you, then I’m happy you have moved forward, there has been some benefit. I subscribe to the biblical adage of “until you have walked a mile in someone’s shoes you don’t know what your talking about”. But I can put my best foot forward in strategies and advice to move you forward. I want you to avoid a dark pit.
Take action against your unfair dismissal or move on
The first thing a say is act, don’t be one of these people who ring around dozens, in some cases, hundred of web sites and want to tell their story. Nothing wrong with that. I sometimes hear horrific stories what have occurred in the workplace. I’ll respond, are you going to do anything about this?. I hear all the time “Oh no, i just need to tell someone”, “i just want to know if i have a claim”. This however it does not advance your mental health, it does not get you another job.
You want to be back where you used to be. Employed, paid, growing as a person, being respected by collogues, happy, fulfilled, whatever it is, its no accident that this is what you achieved in the past, so its not going to happen by luck in the future, so act, move forward. Easy to say, sometimes hard to do, I know that. But that’s the way it is.
You do have options for action
I don’t want to appear to be giving up, just trying to explore options move you on. Of course you have rights. Where can you go?
Various options are open to you to explore. (no particular order, it depends on your circumstances)
- Police (state)
- Crimes compensation (state)
- Anti corruption bodies (state)
- Fair work Commission (federal)
- Industrial relations commissions (state, excluding Victoria)
- Work Safe (state)
- Works compensation claim (state)
- Equal opportunity and anti discrimination boards (state)
- Medical professionals (state)
- Federal Human Rights Commission, located Sydney (federal)
- Member of parliament (federal and state)
- There are various other bodies in the states (Jobwatch, Women’s advocacy groups, some law firms run pro bono programs)
Recover from your dismissal
One of the frustrating part of the role at A Whole New Approach P/L, is we’ll ring clients at 9:00-10:30am, and their still asleep. No job to get up for, and element of depression, and so forth. But the reality is you have to get up, set discipline for the day, plan that day. Positive and disciplined people seem to have all the luck, is it any coincidence? or is it hard work?, creating your own luck and the universe seems to look after you. If you convince yourself your work life is over, it will be. It can be hard to do, look forward not back wards, we are all with the benefit from hindsight experts.
Conclusion: Dismissal and Grief, what can i do?
I hope you got some benefit from Dismissal and Grief, what can i do?. Allot of workplaces are toxic, we cannot fix that, what we can do is move you forward. Want to chat, get advice, discuss lodging a claim, give us a call, advice is free, prompt and to the point. All Fair work Australia and Fair work Commission matters. All workplace concerns, unfair dismissals, serious misconduct, forced to resign call us. Thinking about leaving the company, give us a call first, maybe we can package you out. Recovering, click here for strategies, that will help you “bounce back”. We are not lawyers but leading workplace advisors and commentators.