The average person dedicates 40 hours or more to working for the same company each week. But what happens when that company starts downsizing? First step: Don’t panic. Second step: Make a plan and decide what you should do next.

Get more information 

Different departments sometimes work with different budgets, so just because the marketing department is cutting back doesn’t mean the operations department is. Find out more information about the downsizing by talking to your supervisor or HR department before you stress yourself out.

This may not be an option for some people, but if you have a manager who is easy to talk to, use this time as an opportunity to ask where you stand within the company. If your manager is withdrawn, “too busy” to talk, or just cannot be bothered to help diminish your fears, this may be a sign that you should be looking for other opportunities.

Revisit your resumee

If your company doesn’t offer a severance package or if you don’t have a significant amount of savings, it’s best to begin a job search before you possibly get the boot. Even though job-hunting can be a full-time job itself, putting in those extra hours can be what ensures your financial security. Use this as an opportunity to assess your skills and send out applications.

Don’t burn your bridges

It’s easy to be upset if you do get let go, so try your hardest to remain professional throughout the ordeal—if the company’s finances ever get out of the red, they may ask you to come back. No matter your plans for the future, continue to work hard and ask your supervisor for a letter of recommendation.


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