Being Successful Even In Hard Times
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One person’s success can be another’s resentment.
“I sent an announcement to my e-mail group when I got a raise, and one girl asked me not to share when some members didn’t have jobs,” recalls Brittany Miller, whose first raise of the year during this recessionary period nearly ended some of her relationships. “She said I was being ‘too boastful.’”
Hurt and confused, Miller, who lives and works in the Washington, D.C. area as a finance specialist with a leading communications company, retreated from the group altogether and kept further successes to herself. But surprisingly, the 24-year-old isn’t the only one feeling the pinch.
A recent study from Leadership IQ, a research company in Marietta, Georgia, polled more than 4,000 people who have kept their jobs after corporate cutbacks and found that 62% of them feel guilty, anxious, and angry following company layoffs. “When you are affluent while so many are not, you might feel guilty that you’re not suffering the way everyone else is,” says Alduan Tartt, a psychologist in Decatur, Georgia. “But you worked hard for your success. You should feel blessed that you’re in a position to help.”
Though your first instinct may be to pull away, Tartt says that the best way to allay your guilt is to reach out to your loved ones… Read More