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Beware of Health Risks from Job Downsizing

Guest blogger Amy Applebaum is a success coach whose work includes the Release Your Inner Millionairess coaching program designed to create life-changing breakthroughs in her clients. Amy’s groundbreaking six-step process has helped thousands of female entrepreneurs accomplish goals they never imagined possible. Amy’s coaching success has led to appearances on ABC News, CNN, TLC, and Martha Stewart, to name a few. For more information on Amy’s coaching club, go to AmyApplebaum.com.

Some people swear up and down that their jobs are killing them. They might not be far off! Jobs are stressful, even when they’re going well. And recent studies have shown how a company’s downsizing can greatly affect the health of the employees – even the ones who keep their jobs! After a downsizing, the morale and overall vibe in a company can be greatly affected. There are several reasons for this:

1. When positions are lost, more work is forced on fewer people. A larger workload can add significant stress, causing serious health issues!

2. When job security is at stake people get worried, anxious and completely stressed out! This can cause both physiological and mental problems.

Have you gone through this at your job? How do you cope? The key in either of these cases is to figure out the source of your health issue and deal with it accordingly. If your workload is impossibly heavy, then you need to find a way to delegate or to improve your efficiency. No job is worth it if it kills you, right?

And when it comes to job security, the best thing you can do for your health and sanity is to identify the things over which you have no control. Here are a few tips:

  • Perform your job the best way you can, giving your boss every reason to keep you aboard
  • Have an updated version of your resume ready, just in case.
  • Take care of yourself during your off-hours. Relax. Work out. Foster great relationships. Take your vitamins, and eat healthy!

These may sound like small actions, but it’s all about controlling what you can and recognizing all that you can’t control. Regardless of your company’s bottom line, you also need to preserve your own!

June 9th, 2010

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