And now? Adapt to a new work reality

He begins to resume a “normal” life for a large part of the population after giving birth with COVID-19, we started to have more freedom of movement, we can see family and friends, we can do “non-essential” shopping, we can go for a drink, on the beach …

This allows us to recover some of our habits from the past (always keeping in mind that we must continue to maintain all the relevant safety measures), but many people do not have a routine to reintegrate for different reasons. In all possible routine changes, we will focus on the work part.

Perhaps their situation has changed indefinitely for those who have to continue teleworking, who are in an ERTO, or who, unfortunately, have lost their jobs, are at risk of being made redundant or are not going to access summer jobs. It is also possible that students have completed their studies and are now facing the uncertain world of work and affected by COVID-19.

Among all the options raised, which, a priori, can generate us less discomfort and uncertainty, it is the option of teleworking, because we can have a certain stability of employment and the economy. This is why we will place particular emphasis on other situations and their possible psychological consequences.

    Adaptation to a new work reality

    People who are in an ERTO can think about how this situation will end, when they can return to work and even whether they can return to work or lose their job. Often this is associated with certain cognitive dualities, because on the one hand, they have the “security” of being supported by ERTO and the fact that they have not lost their jobs, but at the same time, they is a situation in which they have not returned to your workplace.

    Another situation which may become related to the above occurs in people who have lost their jobs or who will not have access to what they usually have; for example, in summer contracts. In this case, the person can go through two phases.

    On the one hand, he must accept the situation of unemployment, with the possible economic problem that may be associated.

    At this stage, the person must assess the economic consequences of this new situation, i.e. if they have savings, if they have other sources of income at home, the expenses they usually have, and with it all, explore your yard. futures options to be able to cope with the day to day.

    Once this phase has been mastered, the person must consider in the medium term what other employment options he may have.

    Following the reconciliation between the different situations, the phase of finding employment options can be linked to aone in which a person is trying to enter the labor market for the first time, or not. This is a stage which in itself can be difficult and complicated so that in this turbulent situation it can generate fear in some people.

    What to do?

    It is true that the work situation may have been complicated in the short term, but we must be aware that this is a one-off situation which will gradually resume its course. It is important at this point to be aware of what our thoughts and fears are.As a fundamental aspect to controlling our response in this environment, is to be as objective and rational as possible. It seems obvious, but unfortunately it is easy and common to get carried away with fear which can lead to both panic and blockage, and both options are very negative.

    Faced with these situations, all the mechanisms available to the person to deal with this situation must be put in place. Sometimes the problem may be that the person does not have job search resources, for example, in these cases it is important that the person is informed of the main forms of job search, as well as the preparation of their CV and other practical aspects.

    Another situation that may arise is that the person needs to expand their knowledge and training in the sector they wish to pursue, so that they can be helped to develop a plan of action and see which areas need to be strengthened. and how to get it. knowledge and skills that will help you in your future employment.

    finally she often works with the person to help them control the emotions that are causing them to go into crisis. By this we mean thoughts like “I will never find a job”, “If it was difficult now, it is impossible”, “Why am I going to try?”

    These types of thoughts only generate discomfort and blockage in the person. obviously we don’t want to go to the other extreme and let the person take it for granted that they are going to get a job at first, but they should put all their efforts to get it.

    One thing that these situations have in common is that they can generate a feeling of uncertainty in the person and this is something that we have to intervene in.

    of Psychologists Mariva we want to help you get the most out of yourself and especially in these difficult times. Our job is to provide you with the tools you need according to your individual situation and to be able to face and endure all these situations in the most satisfactory way possible. You can contact us on this page.

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