How to promote resilience in the workplace

How to promote resilience in the workplace

All of us, at some point in our lives, have suffered from stressful and traumatic situations. It is more common than you think to experience them in the workplace. For instance, workload and decision making usually generates mental states of anxiety and stress, which can lead to trauma ultimately. In this opportunity, we are going to talk about the ability of people to overcome and recover from adverse situations. The aim is to cultivate this virtue to apply it in the workplace and to overcome any vicissitude that arises. Keep reading not to miss a thing!

What is resilience?

Resilience is the ability of a person to cope with adverse situations and emerge stronger from them. In the work environment, resilience refers to the ability of workers to overcome difficulties such as tension, conflict, mobbing, or work overload. 

To understand it better, let's illustrate it with an example: a rubber ball bounces because it is flexible when touching the ground, but at the same time, it is strong since it recovers its shape quickly. That's what makes the ball resilient: the ability to adapt to impact without losing its original shape. 

From organizations, we can train workers to be flexible and strong at the same time. In this way, they will have the necessary resources to adapt to changes effectively and move forward with a positive attitude.

Strategies to develop resilience within your team

Some people are born resilient others need to learn. That's right! It is possible to acquire this competence, either in personal or professional life. 

Below, you can check out essential attitudes to become a resilient person at work.

Encourage employees to participate in problem-solving

By encouraging all team members to be involved in problem-solving, you not only develop better solutions but also demonstrate that everyone's ideas and contributions are valued. It also helps team members learn to act with resilience, taking action on their own, and working together to resolve difficulties. 

  • Include team members in finding solutions to job challenges. 
  • Encourage employees to solve some of the team's problems without you being there. 
  • Promote and appreciate the suggestions of all employees. 
  • When your group faces difficulty and finds solutions, stop to take note of what everyone learned and how they arrived at the solution. That will help everyone react more positively and proactively when the next challenge arises.

Encourage self-confidence

The self-confident individual takes risks more often. In this context, taking risks gains a positive guise, as it demonstrates a belief in your ability to solve problems. A person with low self-esteem has difficulty making decisions. She does not trust her ability, and this negatively affects her relationships, both at work and in personal relationships. Besides, the resilient person dares to go ahead, has humility and serenity to assume the consequences - positive and negative - of their actions. It is in this respect that self-confidence goes hand in hand with resilience.

Get your team members out of their comfort zone

If you know that someone falters when speaking in public, encourage them to do so progressively and at their own pace. In this way, little by little, you will improve, to the point that these types of presentations will no longer cost you. Thus, you will strengthen your self-esteem and be better prepared to deal with these types of situations in the future.

Provide opportunities for all employees to learn and develop

Being a leader, you play a critical role in providing access to learning opportunities. 

Surely your company offers training programs and opportunities for professional development. Your job is to provide flexibility so that employees can take advantage of these programs and also encourage them to take the time to learn. 

Performance management is another way to provide employees with opportunities for progress and development. It is at this point that you can make a huge impact as a supervisor. As you regularly dialogue with employees about your goals and plans, take time to explore the next steps together to make progress, and provide suggestions on how employees can achieve their goals. They will be able to see that the company recognizes and supports their desire to progress, train, and develop.

Strengthen social support and connections within the team

More and more studies indicate that people, who have more social relationships live longer, suffer less depression, stay healthier, and with a higher level of resilience than people who have few social contacts. A survey carried out by the Gallup Organization revealed that one of the essential indicative factors of a committed employee lies in having a good friend in the work environment. It is important that in addition to caring about doing their job well, team members also show an interest in each other on a personal level. 

Make time for camaraderie, friendships, and fun within your team. Social activities and celebrations can be effective because the little things also make a big difference. You could reserve one day a week for lunch together or an hour a month to enjoy bagels, a coffee, and a chat.

Incorporate humor and fun into labor-intensive tasks. 

Build bond between team members. For instance, Plan an outing, workshop, retreat, or other opportunities for people to get to know each other, appreciate each other's strengths and work styles, and develop team spirit.

Concluding remarks

Lastly, the management of the company must be active. Convince employees to improve every day, encourage them to maintain a healthy diet, which is good for their bodies. Remember that a good reflection on the health of employees will enhance their resilience, and with it will show positivity in the workplace.

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