Dear Leah #3: "I'm stressed and burned out despite doing well. I fear for my job"
When doing well is not good enough anymore
“Dear Leah” is my advice column where I tackle questions from the community. It’s a perk intended for my paid subscribers to get more focused, operational advice. Questions might be edited lightly for clarity.
Today’s Question is from Fluffy on how to deal with his stress at work for fear of losing his job despite doing well.
I’m feeling stressed and burned out despite doing well at work, because of job insecurity in the current economy, even though there are no signs of being laid off? […]I’m hitting my KPI’s and my colleagues tell me to chill out since our company has 2 years of extended runway.
I have limited experience and the difficulty of finding a new job adds to this pressure? I can’t afford to lose this job and I struggle finding any sleep at night.
Any advice would be appreciated
the current situation sucks. There are no two ways about it. There is an uncomfortable truth about being scared to lose a job in my experience. It’s an almost self-fulfilling prophecy sometimes. The more we want to hold on to something the more It gets away from us.
Desperation is one of the worst advisors in a highly complicated job like the one of a product manager. The same happens to startups that get desperate for fear of running out of money.
“Don’t panic.” is kind of what your colleagues say without giving actionable advice. Well maybe you shouldn’t panic but you can still take some specific actions which help you out to in fact “not panic”
One of the problems we deal with is that we’re often tied in a situation where it’s all or nothing.
“If I lose this job, I’m out of income”. This puts you in a bad position. There are 2 vectors you can influence:
Your internal position in the company you work at
Your external dependencies
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