What should I do if I am worried about my job security because of coronavirus
1. Speak to your manager
If you are worried about your job security, you should speak to your line manager. You should ask them to be honest with you and let you know if you’re at risk of redundancy.
Your manager might be able to reassure you and put your mind at rest. Even if they say that your job is at risk or are simply unsure about what might happen in the future, at least you’ll know where you stand. You should then ask your manager what the next steps are and when you will know more information. This should help you to deal with the situation better and encourage you to put a plan in place if you do lose your job.
It’s easy to let the uncertainty of job security to get on top of us, and the stress can eventually lead to further mental health problems. Mental Health UK have got lots of tips and ideas to help you manage your mental health and wellbeing so you can be your best at work.
2. Get advice
It can help you to get expert advice on the situation to know more about what your rights and options are. You can contact ACAS for free confidential advice. You don’t have to give any personal details if you don’t want to.
3. Make a plan
If your job is at risk, it might help you to make a plan of the things you’d need to do if you were to lose your job. Making a plan can help you to:
- Take control of the situation,
- Know what your options are, and
- Reduce stress, knowing there are practical things you can do if you lose your job.
To help you make a plan you can read our information on ‘Where to start if you have lost your job because of coronavirus’.
If you have income protection or payment protection insurance, check your policy to see if it provides unemployment cover and what it does and doesn’t cover.
4. Look after your mental health
If your job is at risk, it can be a very stressful time. So, looking after your mental health is important.
Here are five things you can do to help improve your mental health:
- Get enough sleep. Having enough sleep is really important to good mental health. Find out more about the importance of sleep and tips on how to sleep better from the NHS website.
- Practise mindfulness and meditation. It can improve your mental health to pay more attention to the present moment. Find out more about mindfulness from the NHS website.
- Eat healthy foods and have a balanced diet. This can be good for not only your physical health, but for your mental health too. Find out more about eating a balanced diet from the NHS website.
- Keep physically active. Exercise can help to reduce stress and anxiety. It can increase the levels of serotonin and endorphins which are your body’s natural ‘happy’ chemicals. Find out more about keeping physically activity from the NHS website.
- Connect with others. Face-to-face contact has reduced for everyone during the coronavirus crisis. However, you can find new ways of connecting with other people from Mental Health UK.
5. Talk about how you are feeling
Talking about how you are feeling can have big benefits. People who care about you like friends and family are usually happy to listen and support you. However, you can also seek free help and advice from a mental health advisor through the Mental Health UK website.