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Resilience in the Workplace: Impact on Employee Well-Being

September 7, 2016

Many employers wish to be leading a workforce that can sail through rough waters, easy to adapt to changes and bounce back from financial setbacks quickly, while being optimistic during economic downturns.

This workforce is considered to possess greater resilience to be able to maintain consistent performance even during conditions of crisis and economic volatility.

Resilience is soon becoming a buzzword in the employment industry, referring to the ability of people to cope with stress and crisis, and quickly rebound back to normalcy.

See also: How to Train Employees to be Accountable for Their Actions

These people are able to work under-pressure, sustain the quality of work, dare to take up new challenges and learn new skills. These workforces can survive through times of uncertainty and even redundancy.

Here are 3 essential elements to building resilient workforce in the workplace:

  1. Challenge.

Generally employees regret failures and mistakes; this makes it difficult for them to rise up and be confident at work. Conversely, resilient people view errors and mistakes as great learning experience, milestone to growth, improve on their performance efficiencies and increase their quality of work gradually.

While common people perceive difficulties as obstacles, resilient workforce view them as challenges. This encourages them to grow.

  1. Commitment.

Resilient people are committed not only to their jobs at work, but also in their personal relationships with families, friends, and spiritual beliefs. Their commitment drives them to stay optimistic towards life, not easily surrender or give up to situations in tackling real life-problems and stay happy in every situation.

Families, friends and spiritual beliefs are valuable things in every human’s life, as they provide the support system, spirit and energy, when executing projects and dealing with failures during unexpected times of business.

  1. Personal control

Investing time and energy on situations that can be controlled, makes the resilient people feel empowered and confident towards executing their jobs. These people are willing to expand their capabilities and are not afraid in taking up new challenges at work.

Common employees often feel lost, helpless and powerless to take action beyond their capabilities in the workplace, while resilient people are highly confident employees, who excel at work.

Resilience in not a gifted trait,  but a characteristic honed by individuals through careful learning from experiences with time. It is an active process wherein experiences from failures and success teaches the employees to stay optimistic and positive.

With great efforts and support from others (families and friends), resilient people become stronger and tough, can withstand pressures, issues and conflicts.

Resilience Impacts on Employee Well-Being

Encouraging employees to be resilient workforce will not just make them think more positively towards life and work issues. They will also be able to handle stressful situations at work more effectively, the employee burnout levels then would be soon significantly decrease.  

Consequently, employees will be in a state of happy mind and this would reflect in their performance, promote their overall well-being and happiness to build healthy workforce for the competitive future.

HR Managers and employers should encourage creation of a resilient workplace to help groom leaders through effective mental health training and direct mentoring from experts. Supportive colleagues and inspiring leaders could also help employees to be more resilient at work.

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