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7 ways to boost your work resilience

7 ways to boost your work resilience

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  • Business
  • Motivation, Resilience & Growth Mindset

How can we deal with the ever increasing level of stress at work? Are there simple, quick and easy strategies that we can use to make us more resilient at work? Apparently so, check out these 7 ways to boost your work resilience.

A recent study looked at a range of employees who did different types of jobs and worked different number of hours per week. They found some common threads into how staff develop and maintain their resilience.


7 Ways to Boost Resilience at Work

1. Be authentic

By being authentic, we are being true to the values and beliefs we hold in high regard. These could be things like honesty, integrity, trustworthiness and loyalty. An interesting study has shown that by finding congruence between these values, beliefs and your actions, it can lead to increased emotional intelligence. Meaning, when you experience emotionally tricky situations, you’re more likely to be able to cope with them.

2. Find your calling

When you do work that matters, intrinsic motivationand satisfaction both improve. Recent researchfrom the Harvard Business School explains this by highlighting how workers who feel like they’re are having a direct impact on the performance outcomes of the business, report feelings of increased competency and self-determination in what they’re doing.

3. Maintain perspective

Sometimes at work we experience ups and downs and that’s completely normal. Understandably, it’s hard to maintain a positive mindset. However, we can alter a negative mindset, by installing a growth mindset. This mindset encourages the taking on of challenges, which we can learn from and improve. By focusing on solutions, we can manage our negative thoughts to promote an environment where mistakes are welcomed and pressure is seen as a motivator.

4. Manage your stress

Find time to relax by establishing a healthy work-life balance. Work is an important part of modern life; however, your career shouldn’t suffocate you. Humans are social animals and by allowing ourselves to socialise and enjoy our free time can have a profound impact on our well-being and work performance. Research has shown that by engaging with our families, friends and work colleagues we can work effectively whilst making the most of our lives outside of employment.

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5. Work with colleagues

Seek advice from your peers. A great advantage of having an array of different colleagues is that they will all have their own qualities and areas of expertise. Not only can these individuals offer you support and guidance, but also important performance feedback that opens doors to new learning opportunities and improvement.  

This social working environment has also been seen to create a sense of togetherness and strength that couldn’t be found in independent workers. An interesting study has also shown that companies like Google, who encourage workforce diversity, achieve more due to their ethos of innovation and change.

6. Stay healthy

In order to build resilience at work, staying active and having a balanced diet play important roles in providing you with the right head space to tackle upcoming barriers. Exercising is a great way to de-stress and clear your mind, as well as releasing serotonin and endorphins needed for increased confidence and feelings of self-worth.

7. Build networks

The team around you are a huge asset that you need to make the most of. There is an old saying that states ‘you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with’. By surrounding yourself with people that motivate, inspire and challenge you, you can build a network of people that is driving you towards the place you want to be.For information on how to develop a growth mindset and improve in other areas of work, visit our guide page here – or better yet: book us for growth mindset training.

For information on how to develop a growth mindset and improve in other areas of work, visit our guide page here – or better yet: book us for growth mindset training.

About the editor

Bradley Busch

Bradley Busch

Bradley Busch is a Chartered Psychologist and a leading expert on illuminating Cognitive Science research in education. As Director at InnerDrive, his work focuses on translating complex psychological research in a way that is accessible and helpful. He has delivered thousands of workshops for educators and students, helping improve how they think, learn and perform. Bradley is also a prolific writer: he co-authored four books including Teaching & Learning Illuminated and The Science of Learning, as well as regularly featuring in publications such as The Guardian and The Telegraph.

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