Not many work suspensions bring the national attention that
Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s
did at the start of the 2010 season. Even as Big Ben was being
from work more players were losing their jobs altogether as the team made
mandatory roster cuts before the regular season began. In a sense these
football players are going through the same employment challenges that
many millions more are going through, as many working people have been
laid off or had their work terminated all together during the last two
If you find yourself in a position where your income is temporarily
reduced because of a job loss or suspension from work, think about using
your time in a manner that will sustain or improve your overall financial
position and career aspects. Here are a few examples.
1. Increase your home's value.
There are many articles from real estate pros that say curb appeal is one
of the driving factors behind the overall value of your home. The best
part of enhancing your home's worth is that it doesn't have to cost much
money at all. If you have been suspended from work, spend some of this
time cleaning, painting, patching, trimming, or planting. During a
suspension, your sweat equity could payoff in a larger home value useful
for refinancing or selling purposes.
2. Exercise and clean up your diet.
It is very easy to slip into bad habits when your work routine is taken
away from you, and this includes how you are taking care of your physical
health. Use this time to clean up your diet and start exercising. Any
exercise you want to do is fine. You can do it at the park, gym, or your
own living room. A healthier lifestyle will give you the energy you need
to give your all to a job search or getting back to work stronger than
before. Additionally, many studies have
demonstrated that a
healthier appearance gives you an edge when
interviewing for a new job.
3. Upgrade your work skills.
A primary reason people struggle to find new work or get promoted is
because they lack skills that are currently in demand. Why not take either
credit or non-credit classes at your community college during your time
off from work? There are many different topics, they are inexpensive, and
they could give you the ability to command a larger salary in the work
force. Another option would be to use this time to obtain a certification
or license that would allow you to command a higher salary in your chosen