Unemployment shame is nothing new. It is both the shame we feel for being unemployed and the shame we place on others for being unemployed. With unemployment higher than it’s been in all our lives, this shame is on the rise.
It Has Nothing To Do With You
Currently, 38 million people in the U.S. were laid off due to the economic impact of the pandemic, so you certainly aren’t alone. Pandemic or not, unemployment rates are directly related to the health of the local economy. Keep this in mind when shame starts to set in.
Be kind to yourself and be kind to others who are unemployed, whose hours have been severely cut back, who find themselves taking a major pay cut—or working in a position that they had never before considered. Too many of us define ourselves by our profession and how much we earn, making it more important than ever to remember that our work is what we do, not who we are.
File For Unemployment
Do not allow embarrassment or shame to keep you from filing for unemployment. This is a benefit we all pay into and you have the right to file for when you qualify. The current benefits are better than ever and will significantly minimize the stress and financial strain of losing your job.
You have nothing to be ashamed of, work-related or otherwise.