Building Resilience at WorkPlace

Building Resilience at WorkPlace

Building Resilience at Work Place Dr Triptii Shelkke  |   3 mins read January 24, 2023 | 16 eye icon

You, at times, must be wondering what makes someone successful at work.

Many of us believe the key to success at work is intelligence. Or going above and beyond the demands of the role, such as working extra long hours or taking on extra commitments, is also considered a mark of success. However, in modern workplaces characterized by deadlines, rivalry, and rapid organizational changes, success relies on an individual’s capacity to cope when faced with stress.

Today, organizations realize that personal and professional stress could negatively impact one’s productivity. That is why resilience has been a beacon of hope for business leaders who believe that companies can train a workforce to adapt to periods of enormous pressure with adequate measures. Resilient organizations structure and restructure themselves to attain a mission, support the optimal development of shared decision-making. They provide feedback, set goals, and have intelligence-gathering mechanisms. Organizations should encourage their employees to engage in self-care activities. Self-care activities reduce stress and allow effective recovery.

It takes courage to speak up and present a different perspective. Each time we calmly and respectfully offer an alternative position, policy or solution, we enhance our resilience and demonstrate the importance of being resilient to those around us. Avoiding conflict is strongly linked to fear. It can feel unsafe to speak up and voice a different perspective than those around us. That is why it is vital to reframe our relationship with fear and failure and find our voice (and use it)!

Resilience is something we can all develop, whether we want to grow as individuals, as a family, or as a society more broadly. If you’re interested in developing your psychological resilience, all you need is to understand the concept better and cultivate the knowledge of how to “bounce back.”

Resilience is the ability to bounce back when encountering challenges that are an inevitable part of life. The workplace presents a different range of stressors to employees. Resilient individuals can accept challenges they may be confronted with, coupled with an understanding of seeing the bigger picture beyond their current struggles. 

To build resilience, organizations should #INITIATE actionable practices to build courage within their employees and overcome not just the great adversities at work but also in life. Building a resilient work culture is not easy, as cultural change happens slowly. We must allow for it to evolve, develop, and to be fully accepted by an organization and its people. Therefore, another key element to building a thriving, resilient work culture would be hence, our ‘patience.’

Let's all strive for more work-resilient culture and outline the reasons why it is crucial to develop such practices within an organization and learn it. So like any other skill, let us understand how to build resilience in the workplace through this webinar.

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References

American Psychological Association (2012). Building Your Resilience. American Psychological Association. [online] Available at: https://www.apa.org/topics/resilience

Burton, L. (2020). Resilience in the Workplace | Why Is It Important? [online] The Hub High-Speed Training. Available at: https://www.highspeedtraining.co.uk/hub/resilience-in-the-workplace/

Craig, H. (2019). Resilience in the Workplace: How to be More Resilient at Work. [online] PositivePsychology.com. Available at: https://positivepsychology.com/resilience-in-the-workplace/

Darley, E. (2022). Workplace Mental Health - Resilience: A Strong Workforce Needs It. [online] workplacementalhealth.org. Available at: https://workplacementalhealth.org/mental-health-topics/resilience

Fernandez, R. (2017). 5 Ways to Boost Your Resilience at Work. [online] Harvard Business Review. Available at: https://hbr.org/2016/06/627-building-resilience-ic-5-ways-to-build-your-personal-resilience-at-work

Dr Triptii Shelkke
Faculty Management


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