5 essential truths about re­silience

Weekend Herald - - Ca­reers -

Time and again I see em­ploy­ers ask­ing for the skill of re­silience in job de­scrip­tions and ad­ver­tise­ments. While the term re­silience can seem to be an amor­phous at­tribute, Kathryn Jack­son, ca­reer spe­cial­ist and au­thor of the new coach­ing-style work­book Re­silience at Work, has five keys that help us un­der­stand the im­por­tance of this vi­tal skill, and how we can har­ness it more ef­fec­tively in our lives.

1.Re­silience is al­ways per­sonal

“Our need for re­silience is largely driven by our per­cep­tion of the in­creased stress and pres­sure in our life, and in our work,” Jack­son be­lieves. “Stress can lead to gen­uine sick­ness, con­tribut­ing to around $1.5 bil­lion/yr lost due to ab­sence and stress” (Well­ness in the Work­place Sur­vey Re­port, 2017). How­ever , if you were to ask 100 peo­ple in the street what causes this stress and pres­sure, you would likely get 100 dif­fer­ent an­swers. What causes pres­sure for one per­son will be a pos­i­tive driver for an­other. “As a re­sult, grow­ing re­silience in peo­ple re­quires a more per­son­alised ap­proach than sim­ply jump­ing on the lat­est re­siliencere­lated trend,” Jack­son says.

2.Build­ing re­silience starts in your head

Our per­ceived need for re­silience is linked to our in­ter­nal re­sponse to ex­ter­nal stres­sors, so tak­ing the time to get to know our thoughts is crit­i­cal to be­com­ing more re­silient. “What we be­lieve to be true about things that happen around us has a very real im­pact on the neu­ro­chem­i­cal re­sponse in our bod­ies — lead­ing to help­ful or un­help­ful phys­i­cal states”.

3.Re­silience can be suc­cess­fully de­vel­oped

Jack­sons’ re­search has found re­silient at­tributes can be de­vel­oped at any time. “By ex­plor­ing the four foun­da­tions for re­silience — Emo­tional Hon­esty (de­vel­op­ing emo­tional lit­er­acy and tend­ing to our emo­tional well-be­ing), Self-Care (pri­ori­tis­ing the recharge of spir­i­tual and phys­i­cal well-be­ing), Con­nect­ing (choos­ing our tribe wisely and stay­ing con­nected for real) and Learn­ing (the skill of learn­ing and grow­ing stronger), you can check in with your­self to en­sure you are op­er­at­ing from a place of op­ti­mal strength”.

4.Re­silience is of­ten mis­un­der­stood

As a rel­a­tively new area of re­search, re­silience is gath­er­ing ex­cit­ing mo­men­tum. “Much more than sim­ply grit­ting your teeth, bounc­ing back or be­ing happy all the time, to be at your most re­silient you must re­mind your­self how you best nur­ture all parts of your emo­tional, spir­i­tual, phys­i­cal, so­cial AND in­tel­lec­tual well-be­ing”.

5.The skill of re­silience is sought out by em­ploy­ers

“Look up re­silience as a gen­eral con­cept and you’ll quickly find it’s ev­ery­where right now; cul­tural re­silience, eco­nomic re­silience and com­mu­nity re­silience. The great news is that it is an at­tribute that’s widely per­ceived as pos­i­tive in the em­ploy­ment world”.

The world of work is not go­ing to stop chang­ing, and the things that cause us pres­sure in our work are un­likely to dis­ap­pear. There­fore, hav­ing the knowl­edge and skills to self-man­age your own re­silience means you are more likely to thrive, in­stead of just sur­vive.

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Re­silience will let you thrive in the work­place.

Tom O’Neil

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