5 Ways to Bring Resilience into the Workplace


It’s rare to find yourself in a job that you sail through effortlessly. At the end of the day, where would your job satisfaction be coming from if you didn’t have to work at applying yourself, learning new things and overcoming challenges?

According to Workplace Resilience Australia, “In its most simplistic form, resilience is the ability for a person to continue to move forwards in the face of distraction and particularly when things get tough. But in the workplace resilience means much more than that. It is a feeling of security and trust in an environment of prudent risk taking.”

When you find yourself facing tight deadlines, large hurdles or uncooperative colleagues, what are you coping mechanisms? Do you retreat? Do you have a meltdown? Or do you power on, rise above and do the hard yards to get the job done?

Whatever your approach, we can all work on ways to become more resilient in the face of adversity. Next time you find yourself in a sticky situation give the following tips a go.

  1. Believe in yourself: this is a big one. We each must take accountability for our actions and big our own biggest cheer leaders. If you truly believe in yourself and your ability and understand your limitations, you can set realistic expectations for what you can achieve in your workplace.

  2. Prioritise self-care: there is no denying, when you are looking after your health and wellbeing, you’re more capable and able to function at your optimum. This all begins with fuelling your body with nutritious food and water and getting enough exercise and rest.

  3. Self-reflection: the ability to reflect on yourself and understand your strengths and weaknesses can really help you when the going gets tough.

  4. Clear communication: being able to clearly communicate with your team mates is imperative in ensuring tasks run as smoothly as possible. Being honest and transparent, ensuring everyone is on the same page, will set you up for success.

  5. Leave the past in the past: if something doesn’t turn out the way you had hoped for or you feel you have failed, then that is when you revisit points 1-3. However, don’t dwell here for too long. What is done is done and as soon as you have learnt what you needed to from the situation, it is best to leave it in the past and move on with a clear vision of the future!