Resilience isn’t as easy to come by as you might think. Here are our top tips on how you can become more resilient in the work place.
In short, being resilient means having the ability to deal with stressful situations and learn from them – rather than focusing on the negatives.
When adversity strikes, as it so often does when work is getting hectic and people are at the end of their tether, it’s important to be the person who’s able to keep their head.
This isn’t just an important workplace skill, it’s something that will serve you in every area of your life, which is why working at it is just as important as working on any other skill.
There are a myriad of stressful situations that can arise in the workplace, whether it’s receiving criticism, missing a deadline or an uncertain future as part of the business. Because of this, resilience is an important attribute to have – and one that’s vital for a healthy and successful career.
1. Make mindful decisions
The first step to honing your skill of resilience is to not let yourself get pulled into the whirlwind as a stressful situation unfolds.
When we get caught up in the hubbub it can be easy to have a kneejerk reaction and form an opinion based on what others around us are saying. However, being resilient means stepping back and taking a look before you say anything at all.
This is a much more effective method of dealing with stressful situations as they arise. By practicing mindfulness you’re able to empathise with others and make more rounded decisions, rather than simply assuming your subjective view is the right one.
2. Take a new outlook
And while you’re being more mindful, why not try taking on a more positive attitude too?
Challenges are a regular occurrence of workplace life, and we can either see them as obstacles and something that’s in the way – or we can view them as an opportunity to learn.
This is the way resilient people see challenges – as an opportunity to evolve and adapt, rather than something that’s irritatingly in the way and has to be fought through, all guns blazing.
When facing your next challenge, think about what opportunities to learn are present – and take this attitude going into it.
3. Don’t shy away
When you’re experiencing a stressful situation it can be easy to clam up and avoid confronting it – and everyone else. However, it’s vital to recognise the support that’s offered to you.
When you’re in work there’s plenty of people you’re able to talk to about an issue; your boss, your colleagues, HR, mentors and no doubt other contacts.
While you may be tempted to ignore everyone because of potential embarrassment, it will serve you and your mental health much better to open up and speak to someone about the challenge you’re facing.
By using the support offered to you, you can become more resilient in the future. Remember: there’s a difference between resilience and independence – the two aren’t mutually exclusive.
4. Consider the worst
This might sound counterproductive given the points listed above all, but there’s a method to the madness.
If you consider the worst of what could happen you’re able to put things in perspective. For example, you miss a deadline. What’s the worst that could happen? Your boss takes you in for a talking to, a slap on the wrists.
Sure, they might fire you, but in reality – what are the chances of this happening? If you’re generally a good employee otherwise, there’s a very slim likelihood they’ll do that.
So, now it’s in perspective, is it really that scary? And remember, that’s the worst case scenario. It’s probable that something much less severe will happen. They might be a little annoyed but they’ll no doubt appreciate that you’ve told them in good time so they’re able to help you rectify the issue.
5. Find your own methods
We all deal with stress in different ways, which is why it’s important to consider how you deal with stress best.
Of course, if you choose to ignore it, that isn’t going to work. You need to instead think about how you get it out of your system in a productive and healthy way. Maybe you just need a dance around to some loud music? Or a long chat with a friend? Maybe you need a time out and to read a book for a while.
However you best deal with stress, use this to your advantage. Managing your stress levels is front and centre of looking after yourself, so don’t let things get on top of you. You’ll get more resilient the more apt you become at managing your stress, so don’t ignore it.
Do you find yourself getting disheartened at work? What are the driving factors, and how do you overcome them? Leave your comments in the section below or get in touch over on Twitter by tweeting @AccountancyPart.
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