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“It’s my fault.” “I feel like I’ve been punished for being bad.” “What did I do wrong!?” “I just wasn’t good enough.” “I wasn’t a good enough spouse, lover, parent, son or daughter, sibling, friend, manager, co-worker, employee.” It is not uncommon for a lot of soul-searching to occur after a loved one has died or is bedridden with a terminal illness. Bereaved people will frequently think about the many regrets they have, and what they should or shouldn’t have done.

Similarly, employees who are about to be transferred, undergo a significant job-role change, or who are in that limbo between company layoffs may find many regrets surfacing regarding their work history. Facts often do not support any connection between an employee’s performance and the redeployment or other change in status. Nevertheless, many who survive a layoff—only to have their work situation profoundly altered—see this as a result of something lacking in their own performance or personality.


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