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Friday, June 1, 2012 - 1:45pm

WORKING: Unemployment's Trauma

Reports on the latest unemployment rate in Georgia and across the nation come every month. Along with those are stories about people who are dealing with long-term unemployment and those who have been recently laid-off.

They are the faces behind the numbers. And behind those faces lies another story: being unemployed can be traumatic and cause a degree of psychological injury.

Brandon Smith explains what that trauma looks like and how to deal with it.

Brandon Smith teaches about leadership, communication, and workplace culture at Emory University's Goizueta Business School. More of his advice is on his blog and at And while you’re there, ask him your workplace or career question. We might use your question on a future radio segment.


More of our conversation with Brandon about unemployment trauma, including when it makes sense to spend time volunteering (“working for bullets,” as Brandon often says) and how to prevent your job situation from impacting your relationships with family and friends.