These Are The 5 Ways Your Employees Can Become More Resilient

New research has revealed that half of Brits believe that having a low level of resilience adversely affects their performance at work

These Are The 5 Ways Your Employees Can Become More Resilient

Low-levels of resilience among UK employees are affecting small business growth, a new repot has revealed.

According to a survey by AXA PPP healthcare, half of all UK employees admit that their inability to pick themselves up from bad situations affects their long-term performances.

Over 66% of respondents want to change this however, as just 15% rated the UK population’s general level of resilience as high, compared with 42% who scored it as low.

Motivation (56%), responding to change (51%) and workplace performance (50%) are the three things people think are most likely to be adversely affected by having low levels of resilience, though there are steps employers can take to help.

AXA PPP’s five plan to boost resilience is:

  1. Work on your Emotional Intelligence: Be open and honest talking about your own stress and pressure in the workplace, and make sure to respect employees’ beliefs.
  2. Stay energised: Make sure to get a good night’s sleep and take a break if necessary. Modelling this approach to your employees and enabling more positive behaviours will help boost their engagement and motivation.
  3. Nurture relationships: Have a solid support network of family, friends, colleagues and ‘fellow travellers’. Make sure to organise company socials which should help make employees more collaborative.
  4. Keep your perspective: Stepping back – both mentally and physically – from a challenging situation can help you to identify and focus on what you have control over so you can set realistic goals rather than focus on things you can’t influence
  5. Prioritise and play to your strengths: Reflect on success and capitalise on it by asking if there are valuable insights when it comes to playing to your own – or your employees’ – strengths and how you might develop further

Dr Mark Winwood, director of psychological services for AXA PPP healthcare, said:

“Bolstering your resilience is a smart move. It can give you an inner strength and confidence to deal successfully with the constant challenges and changes of modern working life. Better still, it’s not rocket science and the behaviours and ‘can do’ attitude that are needed are well understood and, for those who are willing to make the effort, quite readily achievable.

“It just takes time and practice for example, taking time to reflect and focus on your priorities in your home and working life can help to ensure a satisfactory work-life balance and, in turn, equip you with a powerful psychological reservoir you can draw upon to enable you to bend rather than break when confronted by adversity.”

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