10 Tips How To Be More Resilient in the Workplace
After the many uncertainties brought by the COVID-19 pandemic and all the disparities that transpired from it, resilience has become one of the most sought-after traits employers look for in employees. Based on the textbook definition, resilience is a person’s ability to respond to pressure, stressful situations, and circumstances that require a high level of endurance and forbearing. In other words, as Eileen McDargh insists, what actions will help us GROW through experiences and become better through them.
To survive and carry on despite stress, everyone should be hardy and resilient, especially in the workplace where employees are sometimes pushed to their breaking points. Lucky for you, this list includes pro-tips to thrive under high stress and be even more resilient.
1. Be rational.
While facing a challenge can often become taxing and stressful, remember there is a solution for every problem. By being rational, you can control how you interpret and respond to events you did not foresee. Composing yourself will allow you to see challenging situations with a silver lining. In this way, you can set aside your emotions so that you can think of strategies and methods to form a bandaid fix or resolution.
2. Ensure your goals are realistic.
You do not want to fall hard from high expectations. You want to set realistic targets that are workable and feasible to ensure that you will hit them consistently. When confronted with obstacles and arduous tasks, you put your resiliency to the test, so work with your chin up and your work ethics high. You can rise above the rigors when you highlight constructivism and personal development in a broader context.
3. Lean on your social circle.
Human beings are social creatures. Forging relationships with your family, friends, and colleagues can go a long way in developing a sense of sensitivity. Through such, you will be able to practice resilient communication so that you can face any verbal kung-fu, adversity, or conflict with mindfulness and grace.
4. Encourage life-long learning.
Lifelong learning is key to self-development and resilience. Inspirational and educational talks, be it in the form of webinars or training and workshops, can improve your social skills, track record, cognitive abilities, and strategies in overcoming adversity.
5. Celebrate small victories.
Take time to notice how far you have come. Revisit your progress chart and tap yourself for successes that you made. This can motivate your mind to be up for more improvement and success instead of looking back at what went wrong. Congratulate yourself for all the feathers in your cap. Live a little and celebrate your wins by doing self-care activities.
6. Reach out to others who might need help.
There is no better way to show resilience than by extending help to others through collaboration. Ensure you keep your ears open and the table available for others so you can understand and offer assistance where and when they need it. Such gestures can make you and the other person feel connected and competent. By doing so, you both can boost your satisfaction, self-esteem and achieve a higher and a greater sense of purpose.
7. Allow for proactivity.
Being proactive means you take an active role in dealing with something right before someone else takes care of it. Make this part of your productivity habits. Proactiveness can develop your sense of urgency, preparedness, and reliability. When you are proactive, you constantly find yourself one step ahead of every due date and deadline. You will also have plenty of time to be meticulous, review, and check for errors.
8. Take full responsibility.
Recognizing everything in your quadrant, your responsibility, and all you are accountable for should be taken constructively and to your advantage. To cultivate resiliency in the workplace, one must always be willing to take full responsibility for their work. This attitude can help you get rid of both distractive and destructive forces to build strong willpower so you can do what is expected of you.
9. Accept change as a challenge.
To be resilient is also equivalent to sustaining your motivation and energy when confronted with change. When you find yourself on the brink of change, practice appreciative inquiry or AI. It is a positive approach to organizational change and leadership that focuses on one own’s and the company’s strengths. Capitalizing on such strengths can help all individuals and the entire organization work together toward a shared vision. Not only does this hit the goals, but it also fosters camaraderie, builds organizational resilience, and brings change while keeping restraining forces at bay.
10. Smile and be happy.
Because indeed, there will always be a way to turn things around — that is the ultimate secret of being resilient. Smiling is a simple indication of happiness, optimism, and positivity. After all, “it was not all that bad.” The law of attraction is true to its meaning. We attract what we think of. How we dictate things to be will take over our minds and will make it a reality. To be resilient, you have to deal with hardships as though they are naturally occurring so that you can entertain each one as it comes to you with high endurance, a stable mind, and a courageous attitude.
Kat is a Molecular Biology Scientist turned Growth Marketing Scientist. During her free time, she loves to write articles that will bring delight, empower women, and spark the business mind. She loves to bake but unfortunately, baking doesn't love her back. She has many things in her arsenal and writing is one of her passion projects.