To overcome the inevitable changes, stresses and setbacks of the professional world, individuals and organisations need resilience. Its value is indisputable – a meta-analysis of different studies suggests that when employees are happy and confident (whatever other challenges they are facing) they are 31% more productive, make 37% more sales, and are three times as creative.
In this two-hour session, we will:
• Consider why experiencing change can be so difficult
• Learn to develop a growth mindset, where setbacks are seen as temporary learning experiences
• Create a toolbox of resources to use when times get tough and consider what new strategies might be useful
• Explore how we might take a new perspective on difficult events
Resilience is the skill of accepting loss and change and overcoming stress and setbacks at work.
What characterises mastery of this skill?
Resilient employees are are able to remain energetic, healthy and productive or quickly return to this state during and after exposure to stressful events at work. They have accepted that all change comes with a bit of loss and recognise loss as a natural part of all professional (and personal) life. Their growth mindset enables them to quickly rebuild after loss. Their strategies to overcome loss and stress often include reminding themselves and others of past successes and regarding stressful episodes as an opportunity from which to learn.
What characterises a lack of this skill?
Employees with a lack of resilience are more likely to burn out or suffer severely from loss and stress at work. High levels of pressure distract them from work and take away their ability to focus. They might struggle to develop awareness of the physical signs of stress and to care for their body appropriately. Additionally, they might find it hard to let go of what is lost, hold on to the past, thus taking a lot of time to recover from failures.
‘I found the session exceptionally interesting, illuminating and also applicable to my job and everyday life.’
‘I learned that showing vulnerability connects us all and that we should share failures not just successes’
‘It encouraged me to look back at how I reacted to difficult situations- especially to identify non-constructive thoughts and hopefully change them’
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