After a year of the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve been able to experience and see how resilient businesses are to certain problems that come up in life. Some have been less resilient than others, but why? They didn’t take the proper steps to develop a culture of resilience in their workplace.
Here’s how you can take the correct steps in motivating your employees to bounce back from tough situations.
What is Resilience?
Psychologists from the American Psychological Association1 define resilience as “the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress.” Will the global business sector still reeling from the adverse effects of the pandemic, it is imperative to equip employees with the necessary skills to build resilience, so how can your company become a business of resilient employees and leaders? Here are a few tips to build and strengthen your company’s resilience.
- Look at the Big Picture – Don’t dwell on the small failures or wins. Celebrate the wins, acknowledge the losses, but keep your eyes on the ultimate future of the company. This will help your company stay motivated through hard times.
- Learn from Mistakes – Your company is only as good as their resilience to the last mistake. Make sure you analyze the situation and take something good from every setback. This transforms losses into wins.
- Encourage Relaxation – The people that work for your company need to be in a good headspace to take on challenges that arise. As a leader, check on your team and make sure they’re taking enough time for themselves. offer a paid day off (if possible) if an employee is struggling in life. An employee’s headspace will transfer to the operation of your company.
- Create a Community– As a leader, you need to establish the importance for everyone to help build resilience as a reaction to a negative situation. This starts with your entry-level employees and ascends to the top of your organization. Make sure everyone is in the know and free to speak up.
- Keep Things in Perspective – As a leader, It’s your job to calm the frightened employees. Your team may be concerned about the situation and how they’ll get through it. Remind them that this is only a small bump in the road and that overall, your company will make it through. Keep a positive outlook.
- Be Flexible – In a time of struggle, new ways of handling situations have to be created. This means staying flexible to any changes that come up with your employees, external factors, and ultimately taking a breath and knowing that you’re not in control right now and that’s okay.
Start incorporating these practices in your workplace today. You don’t have to wait for the next stressful event to begin building your culture of resilience . In fact, you’ll be better prepared to deal with future circumstances.
I would love if you would leave some thoughts on what resilience means to you and how you are taking active steps to implement a culture of resilience!
Take care, my friends.
- Building your resilience (apa.org)