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    Being Laid Off Is Brutal. Here Are 5 Ways to Support Your Mental Health. 


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    Being laid off is hard and takes a toll on you. Even if you knew (or suspected) it was coming, it’s still jarring and disorienting.*

    If you didn’t know it was coming, it can feel like a gut punch.

    Professionals who have built their career at an organization can feel a sense of betrayal, and then a complete loss of personal identity because they are no longer <title> at <organization>.

    In short, being laid off is brutal.

    For the past 12 years, I have been helping professionals in career transition get back to work. I assist clients with navigating the inevitable ups and downs that are part of job search and career transition. Below are some ways you can support yourself during this difficult time.

    Name all of your emotions

    It is likely you will feel every emotion imaginable during this time. You may feel angry, anxious, scared, relieved, confused, disoriented, and untethered. Trying to sweep it under the rug isn’t helpful, and can actually block your forward progress. It is better to acknowledge all of these feelings.

    Anger and relief can coexist. And you might feel a little guilty for enjoying your time off. Most people experience a very complex stew of emotions.

    Do an honest financial inventory

    Few things will send you into a stress response faster than losing your job. You may find yourself worrying about how you are going to pay your rent or mortgage when you actually have money in the bank.

    Or, you may not have much money in reserve and have reason for concern. I find that people drop into the scarcity mindset quickly and an honest inventory of current finances and overhead costs frequently leads to feelings of relief.

    If you are having financial issues, it can be helpful to walk through a worst-case scenario and think through how you might handle the situation. Often your biggest fears may be manageable. Seeing a plan on paper can give you a sense of being in control and can decrease anxiety.

    Acknowledge the grief

    Sometimes bad stuff happens to good people and good employees. The way you heal from this is you look for any learnings. Did you over volunteer for things? Did you forget to document things? Did you phone it in for a little while? Did you have some health issue you didn’t explain?

    Look for any learnings, and then decide to let it go.

    You need to acknowledge and treat job loss as a loss, just as you would the loss of a loved one. This is a giant seismic shift in your life, and you need to treat it accordingly.

    The five stages of grief by Kübler-Ross is a useful framework. David Kessler is the coauthor of two books with the legendary Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. He addresses the five stages of grief on his website, Grief.com:

    “The five stages, denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance are a part of the framework that makes up our learning to live with the one we lost. They are tools to help us frame and identify what we may be feeling. But they are not stops on some linear timeline in grief. Not everyone goes through all of them or in a prescribed order.”

    Practice talking about being laid off

    Don’t reach out to your network or start interviewing for positions before you have practiced talking about what happened. If you are feeling anger or shame or whatever, you need to work on telling your story so it is factually correct and without emotion.

    If your company laid off 20 percent of their staff and you were part of the downsizing, say that. If your company acquired another company and there were redundancies, say that. It happens so often these days that it doesn’t reflect badly on you, although I know it feels personal and awful.

    In addition to practicing this answer, also get clear on what you are looking for in your next position with a very short synopsis of your professional background. This is what I call the “grocery line” version. It is much shorter than what you would use in an actual job interview situation.

    Example: I am an operations executive with a background in advertising and marketing technology. I am looking for a role at a fast-growth technology company, helping them establish systems and processes that support scale.

    Do all of this BEFORE you start reaching out to your network. You don’t want to burn through your network prematurely.

    Consider what has gotten better

    Even as you may be experiencing some financial stress, other aspects of your life may have gotten better. If you were in a job that you didn’t like, or were ready to make a change but didn’t leave for whatever reason, you may actually be relieved the decision has been made for you.

    If you were overworking for weeks / months, you may now have time to reconnect with yourself, friends, and family. You may start exercising and eating better.

    If you were in a toxic work environment, you may feel your stress level go down and you may actually be able to sleep at night.

    Take time to evaluate next steps

    Time in career transition is awkward, but on the other side, you might see it as valuable. Have you been considering a career change or industry shift? Now might be the perfect time for that.

    Do you know you need to learn a new technology or get a certification? Perhaps that would be a great use of this time.

    Your knee-jerk reaction may be to immediately start applying for what you had been doing previously. If you liked your job and industry, that can be fine. However, if you are doing that because you don’t think your skills or expertise could translate to something you want to do more, then you should talk with a professional.

    You only know what you have personally experienced or what someone close to you has experienced. You won’t be able to see past your own blinders and limiting beliefs.

    Also, I would caution you to take all the fear-mongering that you see online with a grain of salt. The past two years have blown all the rules up. Figure out what you want and then map a plan to get it.

    In my experience, you can usually create whatever you want. Good luck!

    P.S. If you are having trouble thinking through next steps, you can download a copy of my eBook Re-Launch You: Discovering Your Point B and Embracing Possibility here.

    * This was originally published on the Mental Health Community blog here.

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  • feedwordpress 15:41:55 on 2022/10/07 Permalink
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    We Need to Evolve Working So It Works for Everyone. Will You Join Me? 


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    There are different ways to work and the way you need to work will vary, depending on what else is going on in your life.

    We are at epidemic levels of stress, anxiety, depression, and burnout in corporate jobs and as entrepreneurs. (We were before the pandemic, and not surprisingly, things haven’t gotten better.)

    The Great Resignation, the Great Reshuffling, and Quiet Quitting clearly demonstrate the way we are working isn’t working for many of us.

    Maybe you.

    This is why I wrote my new book, This Isn’t Working! Evolving the Way We Work to Decrease Stress, Anxiety, and Depression. (Coming in November 2022, hopefully.)

    People are really struggling. You – or someone you know – is likely struggling, and you / they might not be talking about it. You / they might be trying to push through, but that only works for a short time…

    Corporate employees and entrepreneurs need help! They need to know they are not alone and they are not broken. The big benefit of a book is reading a book can be done in private. Nobody will see you and nobody has to know.

    Someone might read a book when they wouldn’t attend a webinar or live event because they are afraid of being seen in their struggle, or are feeling shame about their current situation.

    We need to evolve working and I can’t do it alone.

    I am looking for co-creators to join me in doing small things, which when combined, may lead to BIG results.

    • I need introductions to companies or groups who might bring me in to speak about this.
    • I need investors to help fund marketing and advertising for the book.
    • I need introductions to potential sponsors of the book and this work. (Calm, Headspace, AARP, and Thrive Global come immediately to mind.)
    • I need people to commit to being more human at work, modeling empathy in the workplace.

    We need a village to support this work.

    Please consider becoming a founding member of Evolving Working. I am looking for co-creators to support me in getting the word out in a big way. Besides my deep gratitude, you will have a front-row seat to watch me in the arena fighting to improve the way we work. You will receive updates on wins to track progress. You will be part of the inner circle advising on strategy.

    I have a feeling it might be a bloody battle. Sparking change isn’t easy.

    But there will be a huge payoff:

    • Happy employees and entrepreneurs are better leaders, and better partners and parents.
    • Happy employees and entrepreneurs have access to creative and innovative ideas, which will benefit all of us.
    • Happy employees and entrepreneurs are more productive and are less likely to leave their jobs, making companies more stable and profitable.  

    All of this creates a virtuous cycle where professionals can learn, grow, and contribute.

    Can you feel the energy of that?

    And this is not just sunshine and unicorns! Together, we can make a small ripple that will become a larger wave, leading to impact and sustained changes for the better. Isn’t that what we all want?

    I don’t know about you, but that sounds like one heck of a legacy to me. I hope you will consider becoming a founding member. Just $1,000.





    PS – Over the past 12 years I have been coaching professionals through Point A to Point B Transitions Inc., I have worked with so many people at a reduced rate or pro bono. If that was you, please consider paying it forward so we can amplify this message and save people from mental and physical health breakdowns caused by toxic work environments and systemic overworking.

    Can’t become a founding member right now? Maybe you can contribute to the tip jar? Any and all contributions will help me to get this word out.

    If we worked together in the past, you definitely know how important this message is.


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  • feedwordpress 20:40:44 on 2022/09/20 Permalink
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    Webinar – Navigating Around Four Potholes in Job Search – 9/28/2022 


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    There are some big issues that can derail or stall your job search – ageism, extended time in transition, regime changes, and bad business breakups. None of these are insurmountable, but you will need some strategies and tactics to navigate around them.

    Our presenter will be Catherine Morgan, a career transition expert who is not afraid to identify elephants in the room or poke sacred cows. This talk will be filled with strategies her clients have used successfully for the past 12 years.

    Bring your questions! We’ll have plenty of time to explore your specific challenges.

    Wednesday, September 28 at noon Eastern / 11 AM Central. REGISTER HERE

    BIO

    Catherine Morgan is a career transition expert and the founder of Point A to Point B Transitions Inc., named Career Transition Coaching Service of the Year, as part of the Corporate LiveWire Innovation & Excellence Awards 2022 and 2021, and Most Innovative Career Transition Coach – North America, as part of Corporate Coaching and Recruitment Awards 2021 by Corporate Vision. The company is a virtual provider of coaching services to professionals in career transition and solo consultants. Catherine is the author of the eBook Re-Launch You: Discovering Your Point B and Embracing Possibility (www.re-launch-you.com).

    Given the uncertainty around the pandemic and the economy, Catherine created an online course to give people strategies for feeling more in control and dialing down anxiety www.idialdown.com.

    An experienced independent consultant who was employed by three of the former Big Five consulting firms, Catherine combines job search strategy development with accountability. Catherine speaks frequently on topics related to productivity, career transition, and entrepreneurship. She doesn’t take herself seriously, but takes her subject matter very seriously. 

    Recommendation for this talk:

    Our Career Management Ministry engaged Catherine to address a network of Job Searchers. Her speaking topic was: Navigating Around Four Potholes in Job Search. This tackled some of the sensitive challenges that can derail or stall a job search – ageism, extended time in transition, regime changes, and bad business breakups. Catherine dug into these difficult topics in a very constructive way and was able to establish a genuine connection with our audience. The people attending were all Job Searchers of a wide range of ages and from diverse career backgrounds. It was a crowd of relative strangers who were looking for help. Catherine achieved two extraordinary things: 1. She put everyone at ease enough to open up and ask questions to the point of personal storytelling, which made for a very rich experience. 2. Everything she did was wrapped around a message of Hope. I could feel the energy in the audience as they discussed ways that her ideas could be actionable in a personal way for each of them. Isn’t this exactly what everyone wants from a speaker? It is not about the talk but about the action that is generated by the talk. Catherine understands this and can deliver on it. I strongly recommend her to help with you or your organization.

    Daniel McGuire, Chair, Career Management Ministry, Church of the Presentation

    Wednesday, September 28 at noon Eastern / 11 AM Central. REGISTER HERE

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  • feedwordpress 21:31:18 on 2022/09/18 Permalink
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    Fall 2022 Upcoming Events! 


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    We’re cranking it up here at Point A to Point B Transitions. Here is what we have scheduled for fall 2022:

    Wednesday, September 28 – (Webinar) Navigating Around Four Potholes in Job Search (Ageism, Extended Time in Transition, Regime Changes, and Bad Business Breakups). Free. Noon EDT / 11 CDT

    Wednesday, October 12 – (Webinar) Re-Launch You: Career Transition Tactics and Tools. Free. Noon EDT / 11 CDT. Register here.

    Saturday, October 15 – (Three-hour LIVE training) ResurfA.C.E. career transition planning with Carolyn Dragon of TENWOMENSTRONG. (For women only, sorry gentlemen…) Former attendees rave about how transformational this process is. Lots of spot coaching. No recording so you must be able to attend live. Learn more and register here. (Just $197)

    Wednesday, October 26 – (Webinar) Navigating Around Four Potholes in Job Search (Ageism, Extended Time in Transition, Regime Changes, and Bad Business Breakups). Free. Noon EDT / 11 CDT

    Friday, November 11 – Party on 11/11 to celebrate Catherine Morgan’s new BOOK, This Isn’t Working! Evolving the Way We Work to Decrease Stress, Anxiety, and Depression. Save the date! Online? In-person? Both? Who knows?!

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  • feedwordpress 21:31:18 on 2022/09/18 Permalink
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    Fall 2022 Upcoming Events! 


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    We’re cranking it up here at Point A to Point B Transitions. Here is what we have scheduled for fall 2022:

    Wednesday, September 28 – (Webinar) Navigating Around Four Potholes in Job Search (Ageism, Extended Time in Transition, Regime Changes, and Bad Business Breakups). Free. Noon EDT / 11 CDT

    Wednesday, October 12 – (Webinar) Re-Launch You: Career Transition Tactics and Tools. Free. Noon EDT / 11 CDT. Register here.

    Saturday, October 15 – (Three-hour LIVE training) ResurfA.C.E. career transition planning with Carolyn Dragon of TENWOMENSTRONG. (For women only, sorry gentlemen…) Former attendees rave about how transformational this process is. Lots of spot coaching. No recording so you must be able to attend live. Learn more and register here. (Just $197)

    Wednesday, October 26 – (Webinar) Navigating Around Four Potholes in Job Search (Ageism, Extended Time in Transition, Regime Changes, and Bad Business Breakups). Free. Noon EDT / 11 CDT

    Friday, November 11 – Party on 11/11 to celebrate Catherine Morgan’s new BOOK, This Isn’t Working! Evolving the Way We Work to Decrease Stress, Anxiety, and Depression. Save the date! Online? In-person? Both? Who knows?!

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  • feedwordpress 22:11:02 on 2022/09/08 Permalink
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    Re-Launch You: Career Transition Tactics and Tools – Webinar 9/14 


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    Whether being laid off or participating in the Great Resignation / Great Reshuffling, losing your job can take a toll on your emotional and physical well-being. It is completely normal to experience every emotion on the spectrum.

    However, this is also a great opportunity to step back and thoughtfully evaluate what you have done in the past, and what you would like to do in the future. It is a time to take inventory of what situations worked – and didn’t work – for you. It is a time to reconnect with your values and goals.

    In this talk we will explore:

    • How to determine your right next step
    • How to keep yourself out of the emotional dips
    • Why mindset is as important as tactics
    • How to navigate around the potholes of age, salary, extended time in transition, etc.
    • How to stay focused and on track with your job search

    This talk will help you see how career transition can be a time of opportunity and possibility, and why fortune favors the bold. Bring your questions!

    BIO

    Catherine Morgan is a career transition expert and the founder of Point A to Point B Transitions Inc., named Career Transition Coaching Service of the Year, as part of the Corporate LiveWire Innovation & Excellence Awards 2022 and 2021, and Most Innovative Career Transition Coach – North America, as part of Corporate Coaching and Recruitment Awards 2021 by Corporate Vision. The company is a virtual provider of coaching services to professionals in career transition and solo consultants. Catherine is the author of the eBook Re-Launch You: Discovering Your Point B and Embracing Possibility.

    An experienced independent consultant who was employed by three of the former Big Five consulting firms, Catherine combines job search strategy development with accountability. Catherine speaks frequently on topics related to productivity, career transition, and entrepreneurship. She doesn’t take herself seriously, but takes her subject matter very seriously. 

    Register to attend here  

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  • feedwordpress 20:22:00 on 2022/07/24 Permalink
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    Evolving Working Ep 6: HR and Mental Health in the Workplace with Dawn Ellery 


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    How do we create a safe workplace where people feel comfortable talking about personal struggles and mental health? There are no easy answers, but the pandemic forced companies to consider the mental health of workers because it was obvious people weren’t doing well. Dawn Ellery, CEBS, is a mental health and well-being champion, speaker, and Human Resources Total Rewards leader working to reduce the stigma around mental health, and open eyes to the complete person walking into work.

    In this episode of Evolving Working, career transition expert Catherine Morgan and empowerment expert Susan Eckstein got a peek behind the HR curtain and learned:

    • Talking about mental health with another HR professional can be a difficult experience
    • Some professionals would rather be performance managed out than talk about their ugly divorce or abusive home environment
    • Managers aren’t trained on how to have these kinds of difficult conversations
    • Sharing your personal challenges and history of depression with a group who knows you can lead to 30% of the people asking for help or information

    Companies have become accustomed to supporting employees with physical health benefits and financial knowledge and training. Mental health is the next step. There is substantial ROI for investing in high-quality mental health programs, with an added bonus of decreased turnover and increased productivity.

    Learn more about Dawn Ellery here www.DawnEllery.com
    Learn more about Susan Eckstein here www.TheSusanEckstein.com

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  • feedwordpress 20:18:00 on 2022/07/17 Permalink
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    Evolving Working Ep 5: Board-ready Women and the ROI of Diversity with Heather H. Bennett 


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    Women on boards and the importance of diversity and inclusion on boards is something we should be hearing more about. Multiple recent studies have shown that companies with at least two women on the board are more successful financially, and become employers of choice where people stay and build their career.

    In this episode, career transition expert Catherine Morgan and women’s empowerment expert Susan Eckstein talk with Heather H. Bennett, MBA, CDI.D. Bennett is a marketing strategist, qualified Board of Directors candidate, business and career coach, and bestselling author of Fun and Fulfilling Careers One Question at a Time, dedicated to helping organizations and professionals build strong careers, brands, and businesses. We talk about the mindset shift it can take to feel qualified to step into a leadership role. Even if you are completely qualified, you may not FEEL like you have everything you need.

    Eckstein and Bennett shared multiple examples of how women stepped up and took a seat at the board table.

    Learn more about Heather Bennett at www.creativebrandcoach.net
    Learn more about Susan Eckstein at www.thesusaneckstein.com

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  • feedwordpress 20:13:00 on 2022/07/10 Permalink
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    Evolving Working Ep 4: Living Your Values at Work with Angie Rome Gonzalez 


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    Our values are uniquely ours. Sometimes we can identify them easily, and sometimes we need a little help. Knowing our values and finding work that aligns with our values is critical for happiness and job satisfaction. If you’re not sure what your values are, or what your right work situation is, there are techniques like mining for values that might help.

    In this episode of Evolving Working, Catherine Morgan and Susan Eckstein talk to Angie Rome Gonzalez about the importance of living your values at work. Gonzalez is a certified professional life coach through Coaches Training Institute who has been coaching clients for 16 years, and is currently partnering with Point A to Point B Transitions Inc. to serve clients more deeply.

    How do your values show up at work? If you like to build deep relationships with customers, you may not feel comfortable in a company with a transactional business model. Instead, you may prefer a company that builds deep relationships with customers and considers the lifetime value of a customer.

    It’s not a right or wrong thing, it’s just about alignment.

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  • feedwordpress 22:59:53 on 2022/06/27 Permalink
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    Evolving Working Ep 3: Be an Innovator in Your Own Life with Kristeen Barth 


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    If you’re overworked and under resourced in your job or business, you might think that is just the way it is.

    Kristeen Barth says, “There is so much we can do as individuals and we have more power than we realize.” Kristeen Barth began her career in IT and later pursued coaching certification. Over time, she was able to move to HR and work in leadership development. She coaches clients on having a healthier relationship with work, including identifying limiting beliefs and inner “saboteurs” that can block forward progress.

    Career transition expert Catherine Morgan and women’s empowerment expert Susan Eckstein talk with Kristeen Barth about:

    • What stories you may be telling yourself (and how you can write a different story)
    • How to set boundaries at work with your boss and team
    • How to stop “shoulding” and “wronging” yourself
    • How to design a life that works for you

    How to ask for what you want In short, we don’t get what we don’t ask for.

    Learn more about Kristeen Barth at www.KristeenBarth.com
    Learn more about Susan Eckstein at www.thesusaneckstein.com

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