6 ways to build workplace resilience

Jan 25, 2018

A lot of us work in highly demanding jobs, we are constantly connected, and the risk of stress and burnout is rising. That’s why workplace resilience is essential.

Resilience is key to corporate wellness

The pace and intensity of contemporary work culture is not likely to change, so we need now more than ever to build resilience to effectively navigate our working life.

A growing number of Australian businesses are striving to do just that – create healthy workplaces. And that is good news! Employers should do the heavy lifting when it comes to creating a positive work culture, but hey – employees can get involved and contribute to a more mentally healthy workplace.

And here’s how, according to science.

  1. Let it go!
    Apologies for the sticky song reference but it comes with excellent advice. You can’t change the fact that difficult events happen, but you can change how you interpret and respond to them. Resilient people tend to focus their energy on events that they can influence, rather than those beyond their control.
  2. Be Flexible.
    By learning how to be more adaptable, you will be better equipped to respond to work-related stress. Resilient people often use difficult events as an opportunity to learn and branch out in new directions. Adapt and thrive.
  3. Positivity reigns.
    Facing life with a positive outlook can have a circular effect. Research shows that positivity helps bring about happiness, which increases resilience, which brings about more happiness. You get the picture. Try visualising what you want, rather than worrying about what you fear.
  4. Spend time with people you like.
    Good relationships with close family members and friends are important. They can increase our sense of belonging, self-confidence, and self-worth. We are biologically social creatures and close bonds with others are associated with an increased sense of wellbeing and the ability to better deal with adversity.
  5. Laugh more.
    Resilient people often find the humour in rough situations and can laugh at themselves. There is LOTS of evidence that shows humour can lessen the impact of stress.
  6. Look after yourself!
    A good diet and regular physical activity helps alleviate stress. So does rest. Did you know that returning military personnel showed decreased ability to manage stress when they had experienced poor sleep quality? So, exercise regularly, get some sleep, and maintain balance in your life.

Let the Behave Yourself team develop a resilience at work action plan that will create sustainable behaviour change and improve staff productivity, health, and happiness. Get in touch!

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