Job insecurity and how to overcome it
The labour market and the nature of work itself have changed substantially in the past 30-40 years: for example, there was an increase in precarious employment, new production systems, downsizing, outsourcing, privatization of public services, new jobs and professional profiles.
These aspects – together with particular employment conditions and the way the work is organized – increase job insecurity, that can be defined as a psychosocial stressor at the professional level, caused by employment conditions and work organization, and reflecting a worker’s perceptions of fear of job loss or instability. Job insecurity is particularly problematic because it is unpredictable and uncontrollable.
During a period of job insecurity, you may experience discouragement, bad mood and anger, even economic concerns for the future, moments in which you can feel ashamed or blame yourself. It is not possible to voluntarily get rid of your psychological suffering, but you can avoid increasing it artificially.
Read more in the new WELLy article, which also includes tips for tackling job insecurity and describes how to overcome it through effective individual behaviours.