08/16/2012 10:49 am ET

Ask A Psychologist: How To Manage Anxiety About Layoffs

Dr. O'Neill: I lead a division of a company that has been hit hard by the economy. Other divisions have instituted layoffs, and our overall business plan seems to be in a constant state of flux. My employees are petrified and ask me for reassurances, which I cannot give. In fact, there's a good chance I will have to tell some employees they no longer have jobs in the near future. These are the darkest days of my career as a manager, and I struggle to keep my chin up. What can I do to ease the uncertainty for my workers? -- Managing Anxiety

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