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Is your spouse unemployed or do they feel stuck in their current position? When our spouse is going through a difficult time, sometimes we feel helpless. We wish we could wave a magic wand and make everything magically better. Although we can’t wave a magic wand, there are ways we can support and encourage them through workplace trials. Here are five ways to support your unemployed or unhappy at work spouse.

1. Listen. This is one we often overlook (even women overlook this one, ladies). Learn to let your spouse vent without giving them advice or trying to fix them.

2. Help them learn. If your spouse is unemployed or looking for a new job, help them develop their skills/talents. Help them discover their talents and how those might apply to a new position. This does not mean handing them a book on how to discover their dream. Take a class together, research classes they may want to take to enhance their skills, or take up a new hobby.

3. Be honest. If your spouse asks for your honest opinion, tell them the truth (in love). Sugar coating the situation will not help.

4. Encourage. Encourage with words and actions. Point out the areas your spouse excels in. Maybe they don’t have a job, but they’ve stepped up taking care of responsibilities at home or they’ve been working harder at your marriage. Let them know how much you appreciate their efforts.

5. Pray. Be specific. Do they need specific doors to open in order to get their desired position? Pray specifically for those opportunities to open up.

You can’t fix your spouse, but you can support and encourage them through this difficult time in their life.

How do you support your spouse with workplace difficulties?  What would you add to the list?