The Importance of Building Resilience in the Workplace

‘The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties and change’ 

Building my resilience is something I’ve only recently started paying my full attention to. I’ve always focused on developing my confidence, presentation or leadership skills - yet I’ve never recognised the importance of ‘bouncing back’ and being more aware of how I deal with change.

Over the last year one of my key goals was to network more - reaching out to other people for career guidance, mentorship and support. One thing that came up with everyone I spoke to was the importance of being resilient when progressing in your career - a skill that allows you to better handle situations both in the workplace and outside of work. 

Often I find myself getting upset if certain plans don’t roll out how I hoped for them to, or spend too much time worrying why an idea I was passionate about didn’t follow through. I spend too much time dwelling on why something has happened rather than shifting my focus on moving forward.

In the workplace, setbacks are inevitable - whether that’s meeting deadlines, dealing with organisational change, dealing with stress or unexpected challenges. Outside of work, change is also a huge part of life. 

So how am I going to switch my thinking to help me thrive from these challenges instead?

With practice, like any other skill resilience can be learned. It just takes perseverance and consistency. 

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Firstly, I’ve found that having a good support network is crucial. The people around you will help you overcome troubles and setbacks, and likewise, you support them too. These trusted relationships are so crucial as you continue to progress up the career ladder.

Practice gratitude every day. I take time at different points of the day to reflect on something I’m grateful for. No matter what challenges you face that day, there will be something to be grateful for and practicing this positive thinking will help build your inner strength. Remember, we often can’t change certain events, but we can change the way we look at them.

Celebrate all your wins, big and small. It’s important to recognise your accomplishments and reward yourself for these - whether that’s with a cuppa tea and a biscuit, or an evening out. Always take a moment to recognise what you’ve achieved.  

Break your goals down if they seem overwhelming. Often the to do list never seems to end, but it’s okay to feel stressed at times, however, when you reach that level, try and break things down and choose one thing to accomplish that day.

Be reflective. Think about what your triggers are. This awareness promotes a capacity to cope with stress and unexpected challenges.

Put yourself out there and don’t be afraid of this. Some days will be tough and you will make mistakes, but never stop believing in yourself and your abilities. We learn the most from doing things that scare us. 

Never compare. Remind yourself that we are all on different paths and will be at different stages of our journey at different times. Rather than worry about what other people are doing, use your thoughts and energy to think about what you want. Become your own biggest fan, believe in your strengths and abilities and stay focused on visualising what you want. 

Take time for yourself. Remember that your life is more than a ‘to do’ or checklist. It’s not about getting things done as fast as possible and it’s certainly not a race! Be patient. Remember that it’s about doing things with purpose and love - and you won’t be able to do that if you don’t take time to look after yourself. 

Trust the process. The results will come.

“I hope you find true meaning, contentment, and passion in your life. I hope you navigate the difficult times and come out with greater strength and resolve. I hope you find whatever balance you seek with your eyes wide open. And I hope that you - yes, you - have the ambition to lean in to your career and run the world. Because the world needs you to change it.”


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