The Power of a Resilient Mindset

29th March 2021

“Persistence and resilience all come from having been given the chance to work through difficult problems.” Gever Tulley

What is resilience and why is it important to develop resilience in your employees? Resilience refers to how well you handle difficult experiences in life. It is the ability to ‘bounce back’ after challenges and is affected by how well you are able to regulate your thoughts and emotions. This article we will explore the power of a resilient mindset in the workplace.

 A resilient team is a strong team.

Employees are bound to come across challenging situations. Developing a strong level of resilience can help them to stay motivated throughout these situations. Building resilience can help them to feel capable of dealing with change and make them less susceptible to burnout.

Another great benefit can be to those around them! Colleagues will enjoy working alongside others with adaptable qualities. Having a resilient mindset can increase overall health and wellbeing too.

Resilient people are able to stay calm in stressful situations and are realistic, this makes them great team players as they work more effectively and efficiently.

A resilient team will share a common goal, effectively complete tasks together and are able to improvise well when situations arise – adapting and overcoming challenges. What more could an employer want?

So, how can you build a resilient mindset in your employees? Below we talk harnessing the power of a resilient mindset in your employees…

Mindset Tip 1 – Build their confidence

This may seem pretty basic, but confidence is key to building resilience. Celebrate small wins, highlight their good qualities and encourage them to share their successes.

Practise what you preach by recognising but moving past mistakes. Encourage employees not to ‘beat themselves up’ over errors but to learn from them, we all make them!

Mindset Tip 2 – Be supportive and compassionate

Employees succeed when they feel supported. Forming a support network within your team can help employees feel valued and shows them that you are on the same team. It’s important to behave compassionately to your employees and their personal circumstances. Just feeling heard can work wonders for helping people to feel supported.

Being compassionate towards your employees can generate more compassion within your team as they begin to mirror your actions. This positive work environment is infectious – it will increase cooperation and collaboration leading to a productive workforce!

Mindset Tip 3 – Teach your employees to respond rather than react

This is such a useful tool for life in general! Taking time to respond rather than letting emotions take hold and reacting instantly can be beneficial in so many situations. In order to teach this, it’s important to practise it too! Look for ways to show your employees how to develop their mental agility, often. For employees who find this challenging, work on techniques such as breathing, or R.A.I.N to help them pause in the moment before reacting.

Mindset Tip 4 – Encourage use of self-reflection and self-talk

Teaching your employees to use self-reflection can increase their confidence and productiveness. Self-reflection is a great way for employees to analyse their strengths and weaknesses.

Using methods such as the SMART goals technique can encourage them to look at their current work-life, identify achievable goals and encourage their inner drive to succeed.

Self-talk can help employees gain confidence. Asking questions like ‘is this within my control?’ can reassure employees that they are doing the best they can.

All these practices help our neuroplasticity, by repeating positive behaviours our brains grow stronger and more capable in these areas – “cells that fire together – wire together”.

Mindset Tip 5 – Encourage a good work/ life balance

Showing employees you care about their health and wellbeing is vital for building good relationships and helping them to increase their resilience. Simple things such as asking employees about their weekend shows you understand that they have a life outside of work and boosts morale greatly!

Encourage your employees to take regular breaks to recoup from work tasks. Mental cycles generally last around 90-120 minutes so taking short breaks every couple of hours can help your employee’s mental health and therefore resilience.

It takes self-reflection, practise and time to build resilience. Using these 5 steps will help you work towards building a resilient team who apply themselves, work together and are ready to face any circumstance. If you would like more advice on building a resilient team, please do get in touch with us here at Purple HR.

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