Employee Wellness Blog

13 Ways to Build a Resilient Workforce

Posted by Becky Squiers on Mon, Nov 16, 2015

We all know those people who seem to sail through rough times unscathed. When the going gets tough, they’re the tough that get going. They thrive in the face of challenges and bounce back from the worst disasters. These people are simply resilient.

Resilience is important because it’s what allows people to learn and grow in difficult situations. Aside from mentally making it through, resilience is also linked to better health and energy in all situations.

This ability to bounce back is increasingly important in workplaces everywhere. With the ebb and flow of corporate America, employees today need to be ready and willing to learn new skills and take on new responsibilities.

Employees are also pressured to do more with less, and they feel the weight of looming layoffs or the threat of quickly spread negative attention. Aside from the stress of what could happen at work, many employees are also pressured to stay constantly connected or plugged in.

Ultimately, the risk for employee burnout is higher than ever before. So how can you build a resilient workforce that thrives in difficult times?

Start with leading by example and build your own personal resilience.
Foster a sense of purpose or encourage your employees to find meaning in what they do.
Help employees develop a sense of control and self-confidence.
Manage change and collectively view it as a challenge.
Encourage connections and social support among employees.
Notice stress levels individually and as a group.
Value a sense of humor.
Nurture grittiness and a sense of mental toughness among employees.
Provide opportunities for learning experiences and teach your employees when you can.
Be optimistic and use positive messaging.
Demand flexibility and adaptability.
Utilize problem-solving skills.
Maintain healthy habits both physically and mentally.

In today’s working world, resilient employees can be your biggest asset because it’s true what they say, “Tough times don’t last, but tough people do.”

How do you work to develop a team of tough employees where you work?

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Topics: Company Culture, Positivity, Leadership