5 Ways to Boost your Resilience at Work

Resilience isn't a trait that some people are born with and others not. The key here is that resilience is not a passive quality or feature, but an active process.

Geneviev Du Toit

Internal Service Consultant,
Sasfin Wealth
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Our attitude towards life and everything it can hurl at us has a significant impact on our whole experience. The ability to cope well with pressure, adversity and uncertainty relies on developing behaviours, thoughts, and actions. Anyone can learn these habits and create strategies to help increase their resilience – here’s how:

 

1. Time management is essential

 

Having organised employees benefits all workplaces since they can efficiently manage their tasks and collaborate with others. Resilience can help people develop a future-oriented perspective that helps them to plan realistically, which boosts productivity.

Employees spend over 32% of their time on social media daily for personal reasons. Ironically for  technology that's designed to bring people closer together, spending too much time engaging with social media can make you feel lonelier and more isolated.

 

Benefits of limiting social media usage:

 

  • Greater self-awareness
  • An increase in time and productivity
  • Better ability to focus
  • Improved self-esteem and sense of perspective
  • Reclaiming your sense of self

Time management can avoid unwanted stress, strained workplace relationships and work and life imbalance. Be proactive and develop habits that will increase your resilience and hardiness.

 

“Either run the day or the day will run you”
- Jim Rohn

 

2. Improved communication

 

Avoid turning a crisis into a drama. Life is full of stress and change and the way we understand and respond to situations has a significant impact on how stressful they are for us. Emotional resilience requires good communication, since it develops positive feelings rather than negative ones. Knowing how to communicate effectively and sensitively might help you prevent problems from arising in the first place.

 

Those who are resilient are more likely to be self-assured and confident. They are more willing to speak up and contribute, and they can communicate more clearly and constructively. Being able to communicate clearly and effectively helps people seek support, mobilise resources, and act.

 

Ways to improve your communication skills:

 

  • Get your point across
  • Give positive feedback
  • Provide negative feedback in a constructive manner
  • Disagree without being disagreeable

 

“Good communication is the bridge between confusion and clarity”
- Nat Turner

 

3. Willingness to provide and seek support

 

A growth mindset encourages receptivity to both offering and receiving feedback. Because no one is a one-man band, resilient employees see the importance of reaching out to others. This can assist them in overcoming obstacles and receiving crucial support during personal troubles that could otherwise have an impact at work.

 

Relationships require time to form and cannot be rushed. It's worth the work since the result is feeling better understood, supported, and inspired by others.

 

Positive effect of both giving and receiving support in the workplace:

 

  • Increased commitment
  • Improved job satisfaction and mood
  • Increased interest in work
  • Increased performance
  • Decreased psychological strain
  • Increased desire to remain working for the organisation
  • Decreased withdrawal (including decreased lateness, absenteeism, and turnover)

 

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
- Winston Churchill


 

 4. Practice becoming mindful of your thoughts

 

Negative thoughts do not disrupt resilient people's efforts. Instead, they practice positive thinking most of the time. Whenever something goes wrong, pay attention to how you talk to yourself - if you find yourself making assertions that are permanent, ubiquitous, or personalised, try and modify your thinking.

 

Ways to practice self-awareness:

 

  • Know what triggers your negative emotions
  • Reflect on the way you respond to things
  • Give yourself some lag time before responding to things
  • Don't be fooled by a good mood or a bad mood

 

“Being self-aware is not the absence of mistakes, but the ability to learn and correct them”.
-Daniel Chidiac

 

5. Celebrate your successes

 

At the end of each day, take some time to reflect on what went well and congratulate yourself. This helps to teach the mind to focus on success, rather than negativity and failure.

 

Attributing even small successes to things you've done and choosing to see them as evidence of your ability or potential is what the world's successful people do. Several studies have found that this approach to life brings significant benefits. It also has a cumulative effect that contributes to psychological well-being, happiness, and increased resilience.


People who take the time to reflect on — and celebrate — their accomplishments are often more cheerful, healthier, and less stressed. Celebrations boost people's happiness, regardless of their socioeconomic status.

 

3 easy ways to own your accomplishments:

 

1. Make a list of your accomplishments and post it somewhere you can see it every day.

2. Reflect on the path you took.

3. something you enjoy but rarely have time to do.

 

“End goals aren’t the only ones that matter. You deserve to celebrate all the small victories along the way. Progress, and every step you take, no matter how small, makes a difference. You’re doing your best you can”.
-Daniell Koepke

About the Author

Geneviev Du Toit
Internal Service Consultant, Sasfin Wealth