Job uncertainty is a growing problem in today's economy. More and more, workers are finding themselves at the whims of their employers, and it's having a severe impact on mental health.
It's a fact: our jobs are becoming less stable. As it becomes easier for employers to outsource their work, more and more employees find themselves at the mercy of job cuts, layoffs, and downsizing. As a result, an increasing number of workers are feeling insecure about their employment status.
Unfortunately, this insecurity doesn't just affect our pocketbooks—it can have an impact on our mental health.
The reality of job insecurity is pervasive. The average person changes jobs 12 times over their career and holds an average of 4.4 positions at any given time. People tend to stay at their jobs for 4.2 years, but almost half of them are open to new opportunities.
Having job insecurity means feeling that you are not secure in your job." This can take many forms, including being laid off or fired without warning, being forced to work longer hours without additional compensation, or receiving no raises or promotions for an extended period.
Often, individuals concerned about their jobs will find it very difficult to concentrate on their work, which can lead them to make mistakes at work that they never made before. These mistakes may lead to even more stress and tension at work. Eventually, if the situation does not change, this stress and tension can become debilitating enough that the employee has difficulty functioning in any aspect of their life, including work.
This study found that people who felt insecure in their jobs were more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and alcoholism. They also found that those experiencing job insecurities were more likely to experience problems with concentration and memory.
It's important to note that the researchers in this study didn't find a direct link between job insecurity and poor mental health—but rather, an indirect connection through the work environment. For example, if you feel that you're about to lose your job, you'll probably be less motivated at work, resulting in stress and poor performance (which could lead to your firing).
This is especially true for people who have more responsibilities at home. Those people will probably be more worried about losing their income than people without children or other dependents.
If you're experiencing job insecurity, you may be in a work environment where you are constantly under evaluation. As a result, you may have to report on your progress regularly to prove that you are still performing at your employer's expected standards. Unfortunately, this can lead to feelings of depression and anxiety, and substance abuse.
In such a work environment, it can be difficult to focus on your work, especially if you are focused on maintaining your position or securing another position within the company. You might also find it difficult to get along with other employees in the office if they are aware of your unstable situation in the company.
When you're facing job insecurity, you must have coping methods to help you manage your anxiety and stress levels. If a layoff happens, you'll need to be able to rely on these methods to get through the experience without damaging your mental health further.