Tough Times: Speaking from experience...

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It's been said that everyone in the oil and gas industry this year has had one of these three experiences: redundancy, the threat of redundancy, or the guilt of still having a job when you're mates have lost theirs.  Tea Shack News spoke to several people who have some experience in this area and can help you cope with redundancy, boost morale offshore and help you with what to do next...

"It doesn't matter what people say, losing your job hurts.  Once the boss says the words, you have to step out of that office and face up to the fact that you no longer have a job.  Redundancy can come as a massive shock, and even though you may expect it, you never really think you'll be chosen to go. 

"Two weeks ago I was told I had been selected for redundancy. I went into the meeting positive but came out distraught.  I felt a number of emotions over the next couple of days: anger at the situation, shock, disappointment and fear. 

"I wasn't the only one to be made redundant: my best friend onsite was also told the news.  Having worked for 26 years, he had never been paid off, an the look on his face told the story.  But on the plus side, I had someone in the same boat as myself - we could help each other through this. 

"It may sound blunt, but the first steps should be to put your job loss into perspective. It's important not to take it personally - this is the climate we live in at the moment.  Don't bottle up your feelings; talk to friends and family.  Stay positive.  These things happen for a reason and they can open up exciting new chapters in your life.." - Anonymous, Elected Safety Rep