Resilience in action: Techniques for managing stress and overcoming challenges in the workplace28 May 2023
We’ve all been there: You tell yourself you just need to get through this week, and then the following Monday your to-do list looks just as stressful.
For leaders like us and the teams we manage, it’s all too easy to become bogged down by the day-to-day challenges we face. Fortunately, a bit of resilience can help you bounce back and thrive when new obstacles are thrown your way. Today, I’m exploring the top strategies for developing resilience and how you can step up as a leader to equip your colleagues with this valuable skill set.
The importance of resilience in the workplace
In today’s fast-paced work environment, resilience is a crucial skill. According to a Heads Up report, 21% of Australians took time off in the past year due to stress, anxiety, depression or mental unwellness. Additionally, 46% of the respondants consider their workplace mentally unhealthy.
The good news is that being able to adapt to change and manage stress effectively can help your team overcome these challenges. Building resilience not only enhances our well-being but also fosters a healthier, more productive workplace. Allow me to share some top techniques to help you and your colleagues become more adaptable and resilient.
Techniques for managing stress and overcoming challenges
Since workplace stress is inevitable, it’s essential to be well-prepared to tackle it head-on. Building resilience and adaptability is the best way we can achieve this. By implementing the following strategies, you and your team will be equipped to handle any challenges that come your way, regardless of their intensity.
Effective time management is a powerful tool for reducing workplace stress. You can gain control over your workload by prioritising tasks, setting realistic deadlines, breaking projects into smaller steps and feeling more confident in tackling challenges.
Mindfulness helps us become more aware of our thoughts and emotions, allowing us to respond calmly to stressful situations. You can practice mindfulness by taking short breaks throughout the day, focusing on your breath, or engaging in activities like meditation or yoga.
Assertiveness is the ability to communicate your needs and boundaries respectfully. To hone this skill, focus on being confident, clear and controlled. Use action-oriented language and practise saying “no” in professional situations. By developing assertiveness, you can avoid taking on too much work, negotiate more effectively and handle conflicts more easily.
Creating a supportive work environment
A supportive work environment is key to nurturing resilience. It equips employees with the tools and motivation to handle stress and tackle obstacles. To foster this environment, promote open communication and offer avenues for professional growth. Acknowledge achievements, both big and small. Cultivate collaboration and empathy among team members as it creates a sense of belonging. This will empower you and your team to face challenges confidently and with resilience.
How to support your colleagues facing stress
We’re all responsible for looking out for our colleagues and providing support when needed. Learn to recognise signs of stress, such as changes in mood or behaviour, increased absenteeism or a drop in performance. Offer a listening ear, encourage self-care and, when appropriate, refer your colleagues to professional resources for additional support. As colleagues and leaders, we can support each other and create a work environment that fosters resilience and well-being for all.
Are you ready to learn to roll with the punches in your workplace? Contact ICML for more information about resilience and stress management courses. Together, we can create a healthier, more resilient work environment for everyone.