Life after redundancy

shapeimage_211The Human Cost of the Credit Crisis

Dave, in his late forties, had been a local authority employee for just over twenty years when the credit crunch hit. With his kids at university, a big mortgage and a  lifestyle to “keep up” he didn’t take it well. “Redundancy just doesn’t happen in Public Service! “

He had no plan “B”. Dave had a few months’ money, but the pressure was on, and he had no idea what he could do. He felt as if his whole world had collapsed. He plummeted into depression and his relationships at home began to break up.

Dave, in his late forties, had been a local authority employee for just over twenty years when the credit crunch hit. With his kids at university, a big mortgage and a  lifestyle to “keep up” he didn’t take it well. “Redundancy just doesn’t happen in Public Service! “

He had no plan “B”. Dave had a few months’ money, but the pressure was on, and he had no idea what he could do. He felt as if his whole world had collapsed. He plummeted into depression and his relationships at home began to break up.

With no idea of what he could do, what his transferrable or saleable skills were, or of what his future held (apart from pain and worry), Dave chose to try coaching.

What Dave agreed he needed from our work together

To see his situation from a more creative point of view.

Confidence

Specific skills and practice in developing and running a new business as well as competing in the job market.

Communication skills to communicate and negotiate with his family.

Help to overcome anxiety and panic quickly.

Planning and a strategy for the next few months.

A better understanding of his skills, abilities and employability.

A re-evaluation of what was really important to him

Dave was able to see his situation in a much more constructive light. These things happen – it wasn’t his fault  – and actually things were a lot worse back at the office.

He stopped feeling anxious and having panic attacks.

He took action to take the pressure off the family financially.

He reset expectations within the family and found a huge amount of support he hadn’t expected from family and friends alike. He stopped feeling like a failure.

He built a medium and long term strategy with his family.

He reviewed his skills and experience, started going networking and picked up a couple of pieces of work quickly because he was taking action.

He went from being at the receiving end to driving his own future.

The difference for Dave and his family

Dave found a huge level of support from his family that he hadn’t expected. He found that everyone was able to take responsibility and make a contribution.

The realised that it was their values which really mattered.

They found their true friends.

The stress levels dropped right down for everyone.

The family got Dave back and Dave got his family back.

How Dave Changed

Dave was able to see his situation in a much more constructive light. These things happen – it wasn’t his fault  – and actually things were a lot worse back at the office.

He stopped feeling anxious and having panic attacks.

He took action to take the pressure off the family financially.

He reset expectations within the family and found a huge amount of support he hadn’t expected from family and friends alike. He stopped feeling like a failure.

He built a medium and long term strategy with his family.

He reviewed his skills and experience, started going networking and picked up a couple of pieces of work quickly because he was taking action.

He went from being at the receiving end to driving his own future.