Like many people, you may think that intelligence, experience, or going above and beyond, such as working long hours or taking on extra responsibilities are the keys to work success.
However, today’s workplaces are facing staffing cutbacks, closures and hybrid work environments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When you add in the personal anxiety, fear and challenges brought on by the pandemic, along with ever-present work deadlines, competition and organizational change, success at work relies on one’s capacity to cope – and even thrive – when faced with stress.
In a broad sense, resilience is the ability to ‘bounce back’ when encountering the challenges that are an inevitable part of life. The workplace presents a different range of stressors to employees, and resilience can help there as well. The great thing about resilience is that it is a skill. Like any skill, with practice, resilience can be learned.
Having a resilient workforce benefits a business in many ways. It makes people more motivated, capable of dealing with change, and less susceptible to burnout. It also improves overall employee health, as resilience and well-being in the workplace are closely linked. Better mental health means less absenteeism and presenteeism, and in turn improves employee performance throughout the workplace.