In a study sponsored by Nationwide and Vodafone 100% of participants cited resilience as a factor in job success.
Resilience refers to one’s ability to cope with stressful or negative situations or hardships life throws at them and bounces back strong.
A survey conducted by Accenture revealed that 71% of executives said they value resilience in candidates that plays a vital role in the selection process.
Resilience at the workplace is an important trait for an employee as it helps you to
- Deal with work pressure and maximize output.
- Manage burn out.
- Improve morale and reduced absenteeism.
- Focus on Personal development through up-skilling.
- Enhance interpersonal skills leads to building a strong relationship with colleagues.
- Be better at organization and Time Management.
- Thrive in a challenging environment.
- Give a better work-life balance.
10 WAYS TO BUILD RESILIENCE AT WORKPLACE
Resilience involves skillset and behaviors that can improve with practice and consistency.
Here are 10 ways to build your resilience.
- BE ADAPTABLE:
Adapt to the situation you are in. Being rigid will do more harm than good during tough times.
Have you heard this story about the oak and the reed?
The mighty oak tree stood tall and proud, mocking the tiny reed as it bends in the sheer of wind; The oak tree can withstand the wind.
One fine day, to its despair strong typhoon, uprooted the oak tree, but the tiny reed survived the storm by bending lower.
It bounced upright once the storm got over.
So bending or adapting to difficult situations can save you from completely getting knocked over.
2. BUILD A SUPPORT SYSTEM:
Maintain good rapport with your superiors, co-workers, family, and friends. Speaking with your loved ones during stressful times, one or two positive words from a friend, encouragement from your superior can lift your spirits and help you balance yourself at times of despair.
3. RECOGNIZE YOUR EMOTIONS:
It is easier said than done; recognizing and handling our emotions will give us better control over our situations.
It could be positive or negative.
Being practical or logical helps you to develop mental agility.
You have worked hard on your last project, but the deal got declined to the last minute, this might feel that your whole world is crashing;
Fear, confusion, anger will hit you all at once; promotion hikes everything on hold.
But if you take a deep breath and think it is just one project, you can prove your worth in several more in the future;
Everything in life is manageable.
4. MAINTAIN GOOD MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH:
Practice a healthy lifestyle; eat healthily, exercise, sleep on time. Spend time with family and friends, laugh, travel.
Avoid stress to your mind and heart, emotional baggage.
Take care of your physical as well as mental health.
It helps you to improve your positive mindset and give a clear perspective.
5. LEARN FROM MISTAKES AND FAILURES:
Make it a practice to see problems as opportunities to grow;
Failures as the next step to success;
Mistakes to improve your abilities.
6. BE CONTENT:
Be content with yourself, your life. Avoid comparing your life with others and miss out on living your life, wasting those precious moments that could give you happiness.
7. CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE:
Have a realistic perspective on things instead of getting emotional be factual.
At time of crises, Instead of thinking about why this happened to me?
Think about what is my next step?
8. HAVE A OPTIMISTIC OUTLOOK- EMBRACE YOUR POSITIVE SELF:
Optimism is holding a positive outlook in difficult times. Instead of dwelling on negativity in your life, concentrate on the positive things.
9. GIVE CREDIT TO SMALL THINGS
Celebrate small victories; Embrace positivity in your life. This builds aversion towards negativity in your mind naturally.
We are living examples of this. Because of covid19 across the Globe, most of us are affected physically, mentally or both, facing a financial crunch, overworked, tired, stressed, just not knowing when this will end.
The lockdown period demonstrated that small things matter. Many enjoyed their time with family, followed their passion, concentrated on their health, up skilling, starting an online business, and so on.
This optimism will ward off the negativity that is consuming you, making you more resilient.
10. REFRAME YOUR THOUGHTS:
Most of your thoughts depend upon the frame that you view them in. So, when you reframe your thoughts, it impacts your attitude and behavior as well.
Example – Negative thought: I cannot finish this work on time. Instead, you can reframe by saying I know I have less time to complete the task. I need to prioritize this and try to finish it on time.
The first one creates panic; the second one helps you work towards your task in a calm, composed way and get desired results.