When working in any job, the environment you’re in is open to fast-moving change and challenge. Expanding workloads, a change in roles, more or different responsibilities, and more pressure can all bring demands that you need to prepare for and deal with. While some people successfully thrive on pressure and change, while appearing unaffected by anything that’s thrown at them, for others, it’s more difficult to adjust and cope with. The key difference comes down to how any employee or manager builds personal resilience in the workplace.

What is resilience?

Personal, or emotional, resilience is the term given to how well you’re able to handle and overcome any difficulty or stressful situation you might be facing. Sometimes it’s known as how well you ‘bounce back’ from those situations. You could say that resilience is a shield against anything that could cause you self-doubt, fear, or worry.

But ultimately, it’s about how you control and balance your thoughts and emotions, turning those challenging situations into opportunities that help you learn and grow. You might recognise resilient people in your workplace already, but it’s unlikely you’d identify them as ‘resilient’. You might say they’re positive, optimistic, or confident instead.

But all those things come from having strong personal resilience and ‘bounce back-abillity’. The resilience they’ve built helps them to be positive, optimistic, and confident which allows them to be – and stay – motivated and proactive.

Why is resilience important in the workplace?

Because of resilience, both employees and managers can see every challenge or tough situation as an opportunity for success. It makes everyone more optimistic and motivated in their work and improves how any challenge, frustration, or adversity can be overcome, as well as being open to change without fear.

Resilience also creates a ‘can do’ attitude. While increasing optimism and providing a real sense of direction, it can make you feel less prone to defeat or being left frustrated by any problem you face, planned or otherwise. When this mindset flows through a team or an entire workforce, the importance of resilience can’t be underestimated and is hugely beneficial to any workplace.

But one of the key advantages of resilience is the mental health benefit. A key takeaway in a recent report from Deloitte highlights the case for employer investment in mental health to help build resilience provides an average return of £5 for every £1 spent.

Being closely linked, resilience helps to improve overall good mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. As a result, confidence and belief in yourself and your abilities, as well as the team around you, is improved.

7 Benefits Of Workplace Resilience

While benefitting you and your colleagues, resilience gives combined benefits to your employer too. A resilient workforce is a much more healthy and effective workforce, with increased productivity and a sense of value. This should be good news for employers as it means you’re more engaged and receptive to the goals of the business. Here are 7 key benefits of workplace resilience and how they can help you – and your employer:

1. Reduced absenteeism and presenteeism

When you feel pressured or overwhelmed, it creates a sense of presenteeism where you feel the need to work harder for longer. Your productivity and engagement will be heavily impacted, which could lead to burnout and long-term absenteeism. Resilience will help reduce absenteeism and presenteeism by giving you more efficient and effective ways to manage your workload.

2. Better communication

As we’ve mentioned, a resilient person is often outwardly more confident and assured, but resilience also helps improve your communication skills. It will help you with the ability and confidence you need to speak up and contribute as well as speaking out when required.

3. Colleague support

Resilience will change your mindset and allow you to ask for help and support when you need it. But being resilient also helps you to see the value in, not just asking for help, but also in offering help and support to others for the greater good of your team or department.

4. Improved working relationships

Good working relationships are crucial to the overall effectiveness and productivity of any team. Resilience will help you strengthen your current relationships and build new ones easier. It will also help you to take constructive criticism or feedback less personally.

5. Remain calm under pressure

A pressured or stressed environment can have a negative impact on how you do your work and achieve your goals or targets. Building your resilience will help you stay calm and work better under pressure without affecting your mental health.

6. More receptive to change

We can all become set in our ways in how things are at work which can affect how we feel about change. But change also relates to bigger things like promotion, restructuring, or any situation that makes you feel resistant or hesitant. Resilience will help create awareness of how you perceive change and turn it into a positive.

7. Improved optimism and attitude

A shift in mindset is an important part of resilience at work. We can all suffer from negative self-talk which can affect our confidence and ability, but healthy workplace resilience has the power of giving us renewed optimism and an enthusiastic ‘can do’ attitude.

Resilience and Wellbeing Training

Resilience at work is recognised as an essential quality of employees and managers who cope well in a fast-paced working environment. And building the resilience skills you need in the workplace can help you thrive and feel more positive and engaged in your professional life – as well as your personal life.

As part of our workplace mental health and communications training, we provide specialist workplace resilience training courses aimed at both managers and employees. Specially compiled for each group of attendees by our experienced trainers, our Resilience and Wellbeing Training for Employees and Resilience and Wellbeing Training for Managers courses will give you the skills, tools, and knowledge you need to gain perspective and balance at work while boosting your mental and physical resilience.

For more information and to book either course for yourself or your team, both of which can be delivered online or in-person at a time and venue of your choice, call us on 07831 119 941 or email us at in**@cl****************.uk today.

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