After the first wave of infections, we faced the challenge of adapting to the new work reality.
“Normal” life begins to resume for a large part of the population after confinement by COVID-19, we begin to have more freedom of movement, we can see family and friends, we can make “non-essential” purchases, we can go out for drinks something, to the beach …
This is allowing us to recover some of our past habits (always without forgetting that we must continue to maintain all the relevant security measures), but many people do not have a routine to return to for different reasons. Among all the possible routine changes, we are going to focus on the work part.
Their situation may have changed indefinitely for those who need to continue teleworking, those who are in an ERTE, or who, unfortunately, have lost their job, are at risk of dismissal or will not access summer jobs. It is also possible that there are students who have completed their studies and are now facing the uncertain work world altered by COVID-19.
Of all the options raised, the one that, a priori, the least discomfort and uncertainty can generate us is the option of teleworking, since we can have some job and economic stability. That is why we are going to place special emphasis on the rest of the situations and the possible psychological consequences of these.
People who are in an ERTE can consider how this situation will end, when they will be able to return to their work and, even, if they will return or could lose their job. Many times, this is associated with certain cognitive dualities, since on the one hand they have the “security” of being supported by the ERTE and by the fact of not having lost their job, but at the same time, it is a situation in.
Another situation that may become connected to the previous one occurs in those people who have lost their job or who will not access the one they usually have ; for example, in summer contracts. In this case, the person can go through two phases.
On the one hand, he has to accept the situation of unemployment, with the possible economic problem that may be associated with it.
In this phase, the person has to evaluate what economic consequences this new situation has, that is, if they have savings, if they have other sources of income at home, the expenses they usually have, and with all this, explore their options in the short term term to be able to face the day to day.
Once this phase is controlled, the person has to consider in the medium term what other employment options they may have.
Following the connection between the different situations, the search for employment options phase can be related to the one in which a person is trying to enter the labor market for the first time, or not. It is a stage that, in itself, can be hard and complicated, which is why in this turbulent situation it can generate fear in certain people.
What to do?
It is true that the labor situation may have been complicated in the short term, but we must be aware that this is a specific situation that will gradually return to its course. It is important at this point to be aware of what our thoughts and fears are, since a fundamental aspect to control our response in this environment is to be as objective and rational as possible. It seems obvious, but unfortunately it is easy and frequent to get carried away by fear that can lead to both panic and blockage, and both options are very negative.
In these situations, all the mechanisms that the person has to be able to face this situation have to be put in place. Sometimes, the problem may be that the person does not have job search resources, for example, in those cases it is important that the person is instructed on the main forms of job search, as well as on the preparation of their CV and others practical aspects.
Another situation that may arise is that the person needs to expand their knowledge and training in the sector to which they want to dedicate themselves, so the person can be helped to draw up an action plan and see what areas they need to reinforce and how to achieve those knowledge and skills that will help you in your future work.
Finally, many times you work with the person to help them control the emotions that cause them to go into crisis. By this we mean thoughts such as “I will never find a job”, “If it was difficult before, now it is impossible”, “Why should I try?”
The only thing that these types of thoughts generate is discomfort and blockage in the person. Obviously, we do not want to go to the other extreme and for the person to assume that they will find work the first time, but we do want to put all their effort to achieve it.
Something that these situations have in common is that they can generate a feeling of uncertainty in the person and it is something in which we must intervene.
From Mariva Psicólogos we want to help you get the best out of yourself and especially in these difficult times. Our job is to provide the tools you need depending on your individual situation and that you manage to face and cope with all these situations in the most satisfactory way possible. You can contact us on this page.