If you have lost your job, the rest of this page won't mean much to you. What is difficult for you is that you don't have one anymore. It is a loss that hits many people harder than they would have expected. But more than a job and a paycheck (which is a considerable loss) have been taken from you.

For many, there are other losses:

It may be important for you to get help if you are having trouble dealing with these losses. You are not the only one.

Problems at Work

For those who do have jobs during these times, things may still be difficult. You may:

Or you may love your work but can't understand why everyone else isn't willing to put in as much time, effort, energy as you are. You may feel you are surrounded by slackers or people who just don't listen. It can get tiresome, feeling that the burden of success is all on your shoulders.

And if, due to work, you are spending a lot of time away from home and getting flak for it, that just adds to your stress.

So you may think you just have to live with all of this. In some cases, true. But if you want to work on these kinds of issues, you can learn how to handle things better on your part so that your experience at work, and at home, is more rewarding.

"Gallup found in their studies of workplace engagement that one of the strongest factors that predict(s) happiness at work is having at least one close friend at work."

-- ALEXANDER KJERULF

"It's uncomfortable when a co-worker consistently makes remarks intended as a joke that you find hurtful and insulting. Clear the air by asking your co-worker exactly what she meant by a comment. . . . After being confronted directly, your co-worker may refrain from making further veiled comments to you."

-- LINDA RAY