What is resilience? the Harvard Business Review defines resilience as “the ability to recover from setbacks, adapt well to change, and keep going in the face of adversity.”

When talking about resilience, we are referring to the ability to cope with the highs and lows and to rebound from challenges. In the workplace, this can be applied to an employee’s capacity to manage anything from a challenging workload to discouraging clients or colleagues.

Resilience is a vital skill that we need to develop now more than ever due to the ever-growing demands of both the workforce and in life. It has been stated that people with greater resilience tend to be better at managing stress.

“The moment we believe that success is determined by an ingrained level of ability as opposed to resilience and hard work, we will be brittle in the face of adversity” Joshua Waitzkin

What are some examples of resilience at work?

  • The ability to overcome challenges and problems. Resilient people view difficulty as a challenge. They see failures and mistakes as lessons to be learned and an opportunity for growth.
  • Resilient people stay positive and can motivate the team/themself to keep going. Those who are optimistic tend to be more resilient and likely to stay positive about the future even when faced with seemingly demanding hurdles.
  • They remain organised and focused when things go wrong. Staying focused and controlled, allows them to place their effort where they have the most impact, therefore they are more empowered and confident.
  • Responds constructively to problems and criticism.

There are several strategies to build resilience at work:

  • Adopt a growth mindset by embracing failure. Everyone makes mistakes drop the blame game and learn from mistakes to better yourself.
  • Recognise and reward resilient behaviour. When the easy option is to give up and you decide to power ahead recognise it and own that strong mindset.
  • Have confidence in your ability to overcome difficult situations.
  • Identify a supportive relationship, this could be a colleague or your manager.
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