Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary Defines Resilience Two Ways:
The capability of a strained body to recover size and shape after deformation caused by compressive stress
An ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change
Both definitions suit the needs of the modern workplace: a business entity pressured by financial, time and technological issues must change with these external demands, adjust procedures and deadlines and meet expectations. Individual employees subject to new policies, procedures, setbacks or failures must move forward through personal feelings, learn from mistakes made and challenges unanswered and adjust to different rules or a new work mode.
FIVE REASONS RESILIENCE ROCKS THE WORKPLACE
1. YOU CANNOT CONTROL THE SITUATION, ONLY YOUR REACTION
Resilient people understand that angry outbursts, threats and tantrums don’t alter an adverse situation. Workplace turbulence rarely produces a moment for quiet thought and reflection before making a decision. Resourceful individuals step away and find that peaceful moment for themselves, and formulate a rational response to the situation.
2. RESILIENCE MEANS NO MORE BLAME GAMES
Resilient people accept the mistakes, miscues and miscommunications that lead to late or incomplete projects and missed deadlines. They don’t look for a convenient target; they place themselves in the line of fire, accept the consequences, learn and move on.
3. GO FORWARD IN LIFE, DON’T FALL BACKWARDS
A lack of resilience leads to constantly falling back on excuses, tears, promises and the pain of repeating the same pattern over and over. Building resilience is fuel to move forward and create a way around adversity, instead of trying — and failing — to explain it.
4. BAD TIMES ARE NOT THE END OF THE ROAD
Resilient people realize hard times are not final, and tough moments mean more than giving up, going away and never getting things done. Masters of resilience see roadblocks as an intellectual challenge, not a crushing disaster.
5. NO RIGHTS OR GUARANTEES; JUST ACHIEVEMENTS
Resilient workers take pride in hard-earned accolades; rewards and incentives are a boost and a blessing, but not automatically expected as part of their everyday routine. Resilient people understand the difference between rewards and awards; rewards are an internal and personal pat on the back for a job well done; awards are external “attaboys” or incentives given based on other people’s decisions.
HOW EMPLOYEES CAN RAISE THEIR WORKPLACE RESILIENCE
RECOGNIZE THE NEED
A static, unchanging company is a company facing its own demise. Any organization desiring growth embraces new technology, leadership, skills and communication. Resilient employees grow with the company, and those unable to adapt remain inefficient or leave for other employment.
READJUST THEIR WORK HABITS
Readjusting to a transformed workplace means skill adaptation. Resilience embraces anticipation and acceptance of workplace change as a positive force leading to greater creative and financial company benefit. This can include going to classes, pairing up with more experienced workers for cross-training or partnering across the community with other organizations to build support and exchange ideas.
ACTIVE RECOVERY BEFORE BACKSLIDING
Workplace innovation comes with consequences. Reverting back to “the way we used to do things” is comfortable at tough moments. Management stepping in to initiate active recovery, such as retraining, regular breakout sessions to encourage and incentivize positive steps, express gratitude for everyone’s efforts and express hope for continued high performance reminds staff that going in reverse is not an option.
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