Tense all the time about imaginary firing
January 21, 2011 9:04 AM Subscribe
I am terrified of being fired, even though I don't have any reason to suspect I might be let go. How can I get over this?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (11 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I work in a small office environment and have been at this job for about 8 months. I work with 17 other people and we all do the same job, more or less. During the two performance evaluations I have had so far, my two bosses have told me that I am doing a good job and they appreciate my positive attitude and dedication. Everything at this job has been positive so far.
And yet, I am constantly afraid that I am going to get fired. When small things go wrong (as they do for me, and everyone else I work with), I feel sick to my stomach. When my projects are not running as smoothly as others' projects, simply because sometimes things are good and sometimes not so good, I worry that my bosses think I am incompetent. Whenever my two bosses have management meetings, I am certain they are discussing my shortcomings and how to let me go.
This is a huge burden, and it has to stop. My bosses don't provide much feedback day to day but when they do, it is usually positive or constructive. They tend to give feedback generally/to everyone, rather than to single people out. My coworkers are comfortable and secure in their positions, but I am constantly worried that I'm not good enough.
How can I stop thinking about it? How can I reassure myself? I don't ever want to be cocky, but I would like to feel a little more comfortable or assured.