Coping with a job loss is a hard thing. There are so many things that impact one’s mind and soul.
The person who lost their job is likely to encounter disappointment, anxiety and fear of the unknown. So how should the spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, etc. -of the person who lost their job act in this situation? How are they supposed to show support in a way that is productive, even if some of that anxiety and stress spills over to them?
I recently came across a Houston Chronicle article that covers this very topic. The article breaks down some very actionable tips that anyone and everyone should consider if and when their significant other goes through a job loss:
- Accomodate change in your home environment.
- Include the family when when talking about the job market; if you have children, they will have questions and be more supportive if they know what’s going on.
- Share your networking contacts with your significant other.
- Reconsider ways to look at new employment opportunities.
- Agree to talk about job searching progress as needed.
- When a much sought after job opportunity does not work out, allow time to process it and help one another move forward.
Read the whole article for more insight, and if you’ve gone through a job loss with your significant other, please share how you worked through it together!