When Simone Biles made her withdrawal from the Tokyo Olympics, this caused a variety of reactions from people around the world. Some accused her of “quitting”, while others applauded her courage.
Simone’s decision to put her own health and wellbeing first by withdrawing, is one that has demonstrated to the world the extent of her strength and resilience. In recognising her need to focus on her mental health, she’s able to step back and work on what she needs to – putting herself in the position to return stronger than she would be if she was to have just pushed through instead.
So what is resilience, exactly?
Resilience helps us cope with the challenges, pressures, and stresses we face in life. It’s about having the ability to bounce back and recover quickly from tough times.
Resilience is largely about maintaining a positive mindset in the face of adversity or difficulty. So it becomes key for us to focus on positive thinking, to give us the best shot at overcoming these difficulties and getting back on track.
What is the effect of resilience in the workplace?
With the stress of a post-COVID world, lockdowns and border closures, working from home, and uncertainty around job security, resilient people will be able to adapt and respond better than others. That stress can affect your employee’s personal wellbeing as well as having a direct impact on their productivity at work.
The good news is that resilience isn’t something you’re either born with or not, but rather it is a skill that you can learn to master over time, and therefore something you can foster within your team to better enable them for when things do get a bit rocky.
How can you build resilience in your team?
Our consultants at Strategy Collective are able to work with you and your team, giving you the tools to build resilience. We can coordinate workshops with your team, or work with you to develop a wellbeing initiative in your overall People & Culture Strategy.
Below are a few key points you can focus on in order to build resilience either for yourself, or for you to encourage your team in order to help them build resilience too.
Get in touch with our People & Culture consultants to have a friendly chat about building resilience in your workplace and in your team.