Today, most of us work in a highly demanding work culture. Stress and risks are paramount in most workplaces. Unfortunately, the stress and the resulting work culture are part of the routine More importantly, this contemporary work culture will only increase in the future. Changing the work culture industry-wide is impossible unless we change within – being resilient.
By Sneh Kulkarni
Building resilience skills will effectively navigate one’s work life. Resilience and workplace well-being depend on one another.
What is resilience?
Resilience is the quality that allows some people to face adversities and setbacks in life and come out of those miseries stronger than ever.
People with an ineffable quality of resilience do not let failure overcome them. They stay strong and do not drain their resolve.
In simple words, resilience means the tendency to bounce back.
Resilience at the workplace
Resilience has become a very crucial trait to be practiced in modern workplaces. Resilient individuals and teams work hard to gain success in any project. It isn’t that they don’t fail; it is just that they know how to bounce back stronger besides their failure.
Resilient individuals learn from their mistakes and thrive because of it. One does not learn resilience at birth; rather it is an acquired quality acquired with constant failures and setbacks. It is built by attitudes, behaviors, and skill-based education.
5 ways to boost resilience in the workplace
The skill and competency of resilience can be developed and taught to a company’s employees. This skill will then lead the company to a better work environment and more success.
1. Develop Realistic Goals
One of the primary reasons for losing resilience is that people set unrealistic goals for themselves. It is better to set goals that you can attain. Employees undertake projects they have no knowledge about, or the company sets deadlines that are far too difficult to reach. Feeling sad over goals that were never meant to be achieved is futile. Once you decide your goals, take small steps towards their achievement.
2. Practice Optimism
We know gathering optimism becomes difficult in stressful situations. However, an optimistic approach will always make things easier for you and your organization. Nothing is either entirely good or entirely bad. The power lies in your thoughts. If we think positively, we will be able to gather the courage it takes to bounce back without losing anything.
3. Take detachment breaks
Our energy and productivity do not remain constant throughout the day. The sooner we realize this, the easier things become. Whenever we feel that our level of frustration has overtaken the level of productivity, you should take a break. Taking a 15-20 minute break will help you revamp. Organizations should understand the importance of small gaps to get back with a fresher mindset.
4. Celebrate success
In our urge to gain more and more, we forget to enjoy the small successes we make every day. We get too greedy of attaining more than when we fail, we are shattered. If a person starts celebrating the little victories they make every day, failures won’t affect them. Set your mind free. Look for success rather than dwelling on negativity or failures. For example, celebrate the new client you brought for your company.
5. Create a comeback plan
Despair and failures are a part of life. When it comes to the workplace, it is quite normal to face setbacks. In the office environment, you may fail in projects, interviews, or presentations. However, instead of losing hope or confidence, you should learn to develop resilience. The first and the former step of developing resilience is to learn from your mistakes and create a comeback plan.
Cultivating resilience in the workplace is highly beneficial for both the employee and the employer. Resilience makes the company robust. It proves that you are not afraid of failures. Bounce back after defeats with a stronger will and more strength.
ZeroMindLab (www.zeromindlab.com) believes that even if you’re not a naturally resilient person, you can learn to develop a resilient mindset and attitude. If you are setting specific , realistic and achievable personal and professional goals you won the half battle. Now you need to match your values and work on building your self-confidence which will always help you to improve on performance