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Practicing Resilience: Not a Destination; A State of Being

Resilience Is Not a Destination: It’s a State of Being

Resilience isn’t something you acquire once and then immediately benefit from. It’s a practice, and it’s one that changes with each new challenge that you encounter in your life, at work, or anywhere else. If you learn to recognize the signs of resilience in yourself, though, you can more effectively apply these skills to your work life and make yourself more successful as an employee. You have to practice resilience. Here are four signs of resilience that your employer will thank you for having!

 

What Does Resilience Mean?

To be resilient means to bounce back from adversity and learn from it, which is vital in today’s modern workplace. Employees who have learned to bounce back from work-related setbacks are better equipped to face new challenges, improve upon their weak areas and generally contribute more value at work.

 

A Three-Tier Approach to Developing Resilience at Work

Companies can take a three-tiered approach to resilience. The first tier is to make sure leaders at all levels are aware of and communicate how they want their staff members to respond when they encounter disruptive events in their workplace. This is an important step, because no matter how much effort you put into developing resilience skills, your efforts will not bear fruit unless others know what’s expected of them. The second tier is to train employees on specific techniques for responding effectively during stressful situations. And finally, it’s critical that companies provide ongoing support and coaching so that employees continue practicing these techniques after training has ended. This third tier ensures that employees have time to develop effective strategies and apply them in real-world scenarios. For example, if a company wants its salespeople to be resilient, it should offer sales training focused on helping them become more resilient. But once training ends, managers need to check in with their team members regularly to see how they’re doing and help troubleshoot any problems that arise as they practice new skills on the job.

 

How Do I Learn to Practice being Resilient?

To become more resilient, you need to acknowledge that things won’t always go your way. If you can lean into that idea, you are much closer to being a resilient person. Resilient people understand challenges they face and do not get phased by them easily. They also have an understanding of their own personality traits and do not get frustrated with those who have different work ethics or time management skills than them.

 

Creating an Environment of Mental Toughness

There is no magic formula for creating an environment of mental toughness. Some organizations attempt to bring people together through nonstop physical training or forced activities like ropes courses and team-building exercises. These are great ways to develop teamwork and communication skills, but they won’t necessarily help employees become more resilient in their day-to-day lives.We have to practice resilience.

 

Here are HBR’s 5 Ways to Improve Resilience.

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