How to bounce back after losing your job is something we all need to know. At some point, most people will find themselves packing up their box of stuff and leaving a role, and it's important to have strategies in place to cope.
Truth is, losing your job can have far more significant impacts on your life than financial loss.
The loss of your job title and the significance you get from it can have devastating effects of your mindsets and mental health.
When you spend the majority of your waking life in a role that often forms a significant part of your identity, the person you have become is wrapped up in who you are at work.
Jobs define many people. You're at a party, meeting people ... the first question asked usually isn't about your first memory or what year would you like to time travel back to, but, "What do you do for a living?"
And the response is “I am a … ”
Jobs give us purpose. They provide us with focus, a reason to get up each day. They give routine, structure, recognition, and acknowledgement. They also help our creativity: new projects and opportunity.
We lead people, we make a difference, and it gives us a sense of achievement. Add to this a fancy title, and we get a lot our of certainty from our job.
According to Tony Robbins, one of our core drivers is significance. It's like oxygen: we need it to survive.
This need for significance could be related to when we lived in tribes of 150 or so. We had to feel like we were making and difference and contributing because without the tribe, we could not survive on our own.
The need for significance is very primal and hard-wired into our DNA.
If your job is the only place you get your significance, this can be dangerous if it gets taken away. Feelings of doubt, anxiety, low self-worth, low self-esteem and a severe drop in confidence can happen from losing your job title.