Five ways to be resilient in the workplace
RESILIENCE IS THE ABILITY TO OVERCOME CRISES OR BOUNCE BACK FROM DIFFICULT TIMES AND STRESSES.
The workplace of today is often inf used with fast- paced change, uncertainty, complexity and stress. There are the pressures of work backlogs, demanding clients and lingering threats of restructuring that bring job insecurity and the accompanying financial implications of losing an income.
Welcome to the modern workplace. All these kinds of situations ask for some kind of adaptive response, which might – if the blows all come at the same time – reduce your ability to deal with them.
How do you keep conf ident and motivated without being overwhelmed and being unable to perform?
This i s where resi l ience comes into play. Resilience is the ability to overcome crises or bounce back from difficult times and stresses. It is about responding with inner strength to the demands; an ability to absorb turmoil, to stay competent while at the same time renewing yourself.
THINGS THAT WILL HELP TO THRIVE DURING DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES ARE:
1 Stay positive and optimistic even though things are not going as you would like them to go.
Optimistic and positive people have a positive and hopeful view of the future and they expect that things will work out well in the end.
2 Face your hardships.
Do not shy away from your problems, but rather face up to them even though they seem unpleasant at the time. Make a deliberate choice to do something about your difficult situation, while at the same time ensuring that your emotions do not become negative.
3 Be determined.
Refuse to accept failure as an option and persevere even when you experience some setbacks. Face and deal with the obstacles that come your way, one by one.
4 One of the most important skills of resilient people is that they do not get involved in negative thinking patterns about themselves and the problems that they face.
Do not ruminate about your problems. Make an active choice to stop moaning and groaning about them.
5 Seek out the support of your friends and family.
If people complain too much about their problems, they will cut themselves off from a potential protective factor, namely f inding some form of social support. They rather listen to other people’s perspectives on what can possibly be done to resolve t heir problems. Remember the expression: “Misery likes company, but company does not like misery.”
THE NEXT TIME YOU ARE IN A TIGHT SPOT, ASK YOURSELF THE FOLLOWING:
Am I staying positive and optimistic about this situation – what can I do to stay positive and optimistic?
What small step can I take to solve this problem right now? Doing something, however small, will give hope and motivation to carry on.
Do I believe that things will work out well in the end?
Am I determined to overcome this problem?
Do I complain about my current problems?
Do I have a good friend to talk to about the situation that I am facing?