Personal Development Hack 153: How to boost resilience in a team?

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We juggle multiple projects, in-office politics, conflicts, and even our personal life issues each day. All these act as stressors living in our occupational world, a new addition to it is the transformation to a more virtual mode of communication. All these stressors have been observed to impact employee performance levels and are in turn also correlated to having an experience of burnout mostly resulting in a higher employee turnover. Therefore, finding a way to healthily cope with all these stressors has become the need of the hour.

Resilience has been found to be one of the most successful coping mechanisms for a majority of the employees. Being resilient at work not only increases employees’ performance, but it also increases the team’s overall success. Furthermore, resilient employees make positive relationships at work and boost team-building to help in each other’s successes

So, how to boost resilience in a team? A simple and effective hack is to establish checklists and guides that are specific to the organization. Both checklist and guide would then become a “go-to” resource for the team members to use under stressful circumstances for themselves as well as guide other team members when they are visibly under stress. The checklist may include:How are employees feeling at present? 

1. How stressful do they perceive themselves or their teammates to be?

2. How resilient do they or their teammates feel right now?.

And a few measures for guides can include:

1. Who should they contact during a challenging time?

2. Tips and tricks for new employees to handle things at ease

3. A few reminders of their achievements to boost their confidence

4. A few affirmations and breathing exercises to help them relax 

Challenge: Write a short checklist in the comment that will work with your organization and teammates.

Bonus tip: Having debriefing sessions after overcoming challenges helps employees to reflect on their current strengths which aid them to healthily cope with the challenge and in turn boost their resilience. 

Resilience is not what happens to you. It’s how you react to, respond to, and recover from what happens to you.”

– Jeffrey Gitomer

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