“I have not failed I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work” (Edison) Resilience in the Workplace
The term ‘resilience’ is one which we are starting to hear quite a lot in connection with the workplace. So, what is resilience? And furthermore, why is it important? Resiliency is our ability to adapt and bounce back when things do not go quite as we planned. If we take it a step further, it is also the ability not to drown in a negative experience or situation, but rather to acknowledge it, learn from it and then move forward. All in all, resilience sounds like a particularly cool attribute to have, not just in the workplace, but in life itself. Resilience helps us to cope with stress in a positive way, but it also has many associated health benefits: it’s associated with longevity of life; it brings a greater satisfaction with life because resilient people feel more in control and positive; and it lowers rates of depression. Sounds great right? Well let’s look at how we can build resilience in ourselves with one of our handy hints guides!
The OutdoorCure Guide to Building Resilience in the Workplace:
1) Get the whole company on board. When managers support and lead an initiative, employees are more confident and active in an approach. Make sure the benefits are visible to everyone – it is not just bouncing back from challenges, it is a competency that enables us to lead a fulfilling, safe and happier life.
2) Give yourself and those around you time to build resilience. It is not just a one-off workshop or piece of training. Resilience grows when people are encouraged to practice the skills and continue to grow.
3) Encourage walk and talk meetings – this encourages a more open and deeper style of communication.
4) Send out weekly tips in a fun guide. Often people are so busy at work that they do not have the time or resources to read complex or lengthy blocks of information outside their day to day work.
5) Encourage staff to share ideas or learning around resilience with their family and friends so that it is embedded in all areas of life.
6) Create enthusiasm for resilience – invite speakers to share their stories and examples of resilience in action.
7) Make sure you revisit the concept of resilience time and time again. Often when a new idea is brought into a workplace it is short lived and within a few months all the enthusiasm for it has gone.
We hope you have some ideas here to get you started. Don’t forget to share your best practices with us!
The OutdoorCure Team x