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Fear Of Job Loss Stress & What You Can Do About It

fear of job loss stress

The pressures in the workplace have never been higher, creating an environment where it isn't necessarily a cakewalk to succeed. With many employees on edge, it becomes easy for doubt to creep in and for staff to start believing they may lose their jobs and have difficulty finding a new one, according to a recent survey from jobs and career community website Glassdoor.

Employees Feeling the Heat
While 45 percent of employees, including those who are running their own firms, have a positive outlook for their business outlook, 19 percent still feel their job may be in jeopardy in the next six months. CFOs need to do a better job to instill confidence in their staff, so their employees are less worried about their jobs, and more concerned about prospering in their current positions.

"While employees are hopeful for the future of their company's business outlook, they remain cautious as to how that optimism will impact their financial stability," said Rusty Rueff, Glassdoor career and workplace expert.

External Factors Can Influence Employees
Sometimes when staff members are considering their future at their current employer, they can begin to believe in things that are completely unrelated to their jobs, giving them an either negative or positive outlook based on something that has little to do with the company. The survey revealed 17 percent of employees take into consideration news about layoffs and rumors about other companies, while 9 percent of current members of the workplace are paying attention to people's status messages, tweets, or posts about their own job situations on social networking sites.

"In addition, that sense of stability is often influenced by powerful external factors - like economic news and layoff rumors - and as a result, today's workforce is feeling increasing productivity pressure," said Rueff.

Keep Employees Happy in the Workplace
While employees should always feel pressure to do well in their current positions, CFOs must also do all they can to make sure their employees feel a sense of camaraderie in the workplace, as well as making sure they are able to flourish in their roles. A list from BusinessNewsDaily 
suggests steps CFOs can take to ensure the happiness of all of their staff members:

  • Talk about growth opportunities: No employee wants to stay entry-level for very long, and they want to take on bigger roles in the workplace. By giving them access to a list of higher-ranking jobs at the company, staff can find roles to aspire to.
  • Build in the chance to telecommute: Many professionals value the option to work from home, and if CFOs give their staff that chance, having more flexible hours may make them happier in their current roles.
  • Take away potential distractions: CFOs will often find that their employees will work best and be most happy when they aren't subject to pointless meetings and bothersome emails that can negatively impact their productivity.
  • Allow for a work/life balance: No employee wants to be on-call around the clock and have no time to do anything else. CFOs must ensure that their staff members have opportunities to be with their family, pursue hobbies and exercise away from the workplace. 
  • Institute a time for breaks: Many employees work better when they have the chance to take some time each day to browse the internet or get some fresh air. CFOs need to give their staff members these brief breaks to recharge their batteries.

Creating a happy team of employees will allow them to work with less pressure and feel more secure in their positions with the company.