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How Resilient are you?

Have you ever known anyone who seems to sail through rough times?  Whether they experience job loss, financial set-backs, or health issues, they seem to bounce back easily.  What is it that sets these people apart?  In a word – resilience.

Today, more than ever, resilience is needed in the workplace.  The one constant is change.  Today, we’re experiencing on-going change in the workplace – from budget cuts, downsizing, reorganizations, to new technology and new leadership.  As a result, employees need to take on new responsibility — sometimes what once was the job of 2 or 3 people – learn new skills, and do more with less.

In order to not only survive, but thrive in today’s workplace, employees need to be resilient.  Resilience is the ability to cope with stress and crisis, and rebound quickly.

Here are characteristics of resilient people.  Review this list to see how resilient you are.

  • Copes well with high levels on on-going, disruptive change.
  • Sustains good health and energy when under constant pressure.
  • Able to change to a new way of working when the old way is no longer possible.  Adapts to new technology, new processes, etc.
  • Doesn’t fall apart during crisis, able to cope with adversity, and bounce back easily from setbacks (sometimes coming back even stronger).
  • Has a learning/coping reaction rather than a victim/blaming reaction.  Rather than become victimized, asks herself, “How can I best cope with this situation?” and “What can I learn from this situation?”  As a result learns valuable lessons from her tough experiences.

Although some people are naturally more resilient than others, resilience can also be learned.  For more information, listen to the audio CD Managing Workplace Stress.

 
Five Ways to Build Resilience

Have you ever known anyone who seems to sail through rough times?  Whether they experience job loss, financial set-backs, or health issues, they seem to bounce back easily.  What is it that sets these people apart?  Resilience is the ability of people to cope with stress and crisis, and then rebound quickly.  Highly resilient people have stress-resistant personalities.  They don’t fall apart during crisis; they’re able to cope well with adversity, and learn valuable lessons from their tough experience.

Today, more than ever, resilience is needed in the workplace.  Employees are experiencing on-going change in the workplace.  They’re asked to take on new responsibilities, learn new skills, and do more with less.  Not only that, but they’re dealing with uncertainty and the on-going threat of layoffs.  Highly resilient workers are able to cope well with high levels of on-going, disruptive change.  They’re able to change to a new way of working when the old way is no longer possible.  And they sustain good health and energy when under constant pressure.

Although some people are naturally more resilient than others, resilience can also be learned.  How can you become more resilient?  Here are five behaviors or skills to help you build resilience.

1.    Build good social support. Resilient people rely on others to help them survive tough times.  Developing a good social support network of friends and family can help lessen the impact of stress in our lives.

2.    Become flexible and adaptable. Resilient people are able to adapt to new people and situations quickly.  They can let go of the old way of doing things and quickly learn new procedures and skills.  They can also tolerate high levels of ambiguity and uncertainty in situations.  In order to develop more flexibility, step outside of your comfort zone and try new things or learn new skills.

3.    Use sound problem-solving strategies. Resilient people use their logical and creative mind to map out sound problem-solving strategies.  They set realistic goals and outline a specific plan of action.

4.    Focus on continuous learning and improvement. Take time to reflect on the difficult situation.  Ask yourself, “What can I learn from this?”  Realize that our times of greatest personal growth come from difficult experiences.  Also, ask for feedback from others, and be open to receiving their feedback.  Then have the courage and humility to change when needed.

5.    Stay healthy. A good diet and regular physical activity helps alleviate stress.  Resilient people take care of their body and mind.  They exercise regularly, take time for relaxing activities, and maintain balance in their lives.

Resilience will not prevent challenges from coming your way.  However, it will help you be prepared mentally for whatever comes your way – whether taking on an increased workload, having your pay cut, or being laid off.  Resilience will not only help you survive, but thrive, in the workplace.