Resilience in the Workplace


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Workplaces can bring many challenges. Excessive workload, lack of autonomy, organizational restructuring and performance scrutiny to name a few. That is just the nature of work – challenges are everywhere. Everybody has got “something going on”, regardless of who they are, what they do, how much they earn etc. Having the right attitude, however, is a great help. Family, friends and a great support network is next. And finally, having a purpose is crucial in becoming more resilient.

When you are stressed or finding it difficult to “cope”, this is when you revert back to your core values. These values or priorities have been developed over time and evolve as we transition throughout our lives. There are a few questions you can ask yourself when attempting to establish your priorities, such as “I do this because?’’ and “I work hard because?’’. Defining yourself and your core values is key to being able to complete these statements. Equally, building resilience can help you cope with stress and adversity in the workplace by giving you the ability to deal with change, mistakes, and the poor performance of others as well as yourself.

Here are some tips on how to build resilience in the workplace:

  • invest and believe in yourself
  • identify your strengths
  • learn from experience
  • maintain perspective
  • accept and anticipate change
  • work towards a goal with a sense of purpose

There are, of course, some situations which are out of our control but it is how we react to them which matters most. Resilience is like a muscle, you can build and develop it in order to draw on it when you need to. 
The real risk in terms of resilience is simply doing nothing. You can develop the tools and a support network so that when you hit a roadblock, you will have coping mechanisms in place.

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