Indeed, the coronavirus is having negative ripple effects on jobs and salaries across the world. “Quite often, head-count reductions are the go-to strategy, even though there could be alternatives,” says Tom McMullen, a Korn Ferry senior client partner and leader of the firm’s North America Total Rewards expertise group.

During the financial crisis of 2008, nearly 6 in 10 companies froze or decreased staffing, while 35% froze pay. For many people, a hit to their net worth may result in a hit to their self-worth, especially as they begin the difficult process of figuring out their next career move against the backdrop of a pandemic. Here is some advice for keeping your self-worth intact during these tough times.


Do an internal audit

In this sort of environment, experts say it is critical to ensure that you are focusing on your wants and needs first—despite how difficult it is when you know others are financially crushing it. An internal audit requires looking at what you value and how you want to spend your time—not how much money you want to make. It also requires looking at what you are willing to engage in to feel a sense of fulfillment. "You need to define success for yourself," says David Ginchansky, a career coach at Korn Ferry Advance.


Focus on your nonfinancial factors

One way to separate your self-worth from your salary is to focus on activities or people that are not related to money and make you feel good. That could mean muting on Instagram the friend who makes double what you do, or it could mean trying to catch yourself every time you mention how much something costs. The more you can start to associate feeling good with things that are not financial, the more you can gain perspective on what is really valuable.


Look for simple, achievable wins

People can often spiral when they feel like a major area of their life has derailed. That is why experts say it is important to focus on small wins. Did you exercise today? Did you journal like you said you would? Did you reach out to two or three people in your network? Simply learning something new can also boost your spirits. “Anytime you’re lighting that intellectual pilot light, you get a little more confidence, and that helps you get back into the search,” says Kathy Robinson, who heads TurningPoint, a career-coaching firm.


Find role models

The more you stay in touch with people, the likelier it is you will see that you are not alone. Experts say it is important to speak with friends, family, and people in your network who may have experienced similar ordeals and eventually wound up with something great. Dani says reaching out to others is the single best thing she has done for herself in the days since she has been fired. 


Communicated by Korn Ferry

Publié le 25 mai 2020