Status Status is a subtle thing. We may not even be aware we have it – until it has gone. But when the P45 is handed over, the pass to the company door is no longer valid, and there is no one for you to give instructions to or take them from, the penny soon drops. Once – whatever our role or level of responsibility – there were those who looked to us for whatever we did. Their ‘well done’ mattered. If there were measurable outcomes involved, they affirmed us too. We stood shoulder to shoulder with colleagues. Looked up to those to whom we were responsible. Held accountable those we were responsible for. We were ‘someone’. But now we are on our own. With all that clarity gone. And of all the changes that come ‘after work’, this one impacts us most in terms of how we feel about ourselves. And for many it is not enough to say ‘well at least I now have more time to prune the roses’.