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Resilience in the workplace has become an increasingly popular topic over the past few years. What exactly is resilience, though? Is it something that can be taught? And why should you care about your own or your employees’ resilience at work? The more you know about this important work-related skill, the more you’ll understand why it’s so crucial to employee engagement and productivity, as well as to your bottom line. Here’s what you need to know about resilience in the workplace, including how to determine if you need more of it and how to get it.
What is it?
Resilience is the ability to bounce back from setbacks. When employees can turn disappointments into opportunities for growth, they become more engaged at work. So if you want to strengthen your workplace culture and boost employee engagement, it’s important to foster resilience. But what exactly is resilience? How does one obtain this? Read on!
Why does it matter?
Resilience is one of those skills that we never really notice until it’s missing. If you want to keep your employees engaged and invested long term, you need to cultivate resilience in yourself and your team. Employees with poor resilience have 55 per cent lower engagement at work (as measured by Gallup’s Q12 metric) and are 42 per cent less likely to want to stay with their employer. When you consider how many people hold each type of position on an average team, these effects are pretty substantial.
Things you can do - and encourage others to do - to build resilience
There are lots of things you can do to build resilience. Its really worth it. Improving your level of resilience will make you a more engaged employee, improve your relationships with others, and leave you with a greater sense of wellbeing. All of these factors have been linked to workplace performance – not just your engagement but also things like teamwork skills or creativity. This means that becoming more resilient can boost not just your own productivity but also that of your whole team.
25 years experience in helping teams build user centred products and services, now helping digital colleagues learn how to bounce back better than before from the challenges life throws at us from time-to-time.