In today's fast-paced and ever-changing organizations, resilience has been identified as a vital trait for both employees and the organizations themselves. And, research consistently demonstrates that resilience plays a huge role in improving both organizational and employee performance.
But, while more and more employers are recognizing the importance of resilience in the workplace, not all are focusing on it or implementing strategies to help.
As an employee, knowing why resilience matters and how to build it on your own, is key to managing the stresses that inevitably come with the job.
Why Does Resilience Matter?
It’s the ability to bounce back from adversity, and serves as a powerful buffer in challenging times. Employee resilience has a profound impact on individual well-being and work-related outcomes.
Resilient individuals tend to be more engaged in their work, exhibit higher job satisfaction, and demonstrate a greater commitment to their organizations. Their ability to bounce back from setbacks enables them to stay focused on the bigger picture rather than getting derailed by challenges.
What Makes a Resilient Employee?
So what sets resilient individuals apart from others? It’s NOT about having fewer workplace stressors; instead it's about being better equipped to cope with challenges. Some key characteristics of resilient people include:
- Viewing change as an opportunity or challenge rather than a setback
- Being solution-oriented and able to adapt when adversity arises
- Being able to identify personal goals
- Having a great sense of humour (this is key!)
- Being patient
- Able to negative emotions and be optimistic
- Having focus, energy and engagement
Taking a look at the list above, identify areas that you can improve or work on, and you’ll find that as you build your resilience skills, you’ll feel less anxious in difficult situations.
Sure that may SOUND easy, but how do you do it?
A Step-by-Step Guide to Better Resilience
The good news is that just like any skill, resilience can be developed. Here are a few ways you can start:
- Prioritize your health, and get sleep, good nutrition, hydration, and regular exercise.
- Practice relaxation techniques so your mind can stay calm in stressful situations.
- Cultivate positive beliefs, attitudes, and mindsets.
- Practice self-awareness by monitoring your thoughts and self-talk.
- Manage your stress levels effectively, and be able to know the difference between productive and unproductive stress.
By following these steps, you can develop resilience and better navigate the challenges that happen at work.
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