21 December 2018

The modern workplace, like modern life, can often feel like it’s becoming tougher and tougher to navigate.

We can all agree it is sometimes difficult to separate our work life and home life, and sadly we’ll easily carry the baggage of one into the other, leading to unhappy and unproductive homes and workspaces.

Did you know that you can develop your abilities to become more resilient to external pressures?  Improving your resilience can support both your personal and professional lives by helping you adapt to uncomfortable and negative situations and also bounce back from adversity and disappointment.

The acclaimed author and motivational speaker Jean Chatzky once said ‘Resilience isn’t a single skill. It’s a variety of skills and coping mechanisms. To bounce back from bumps in the road as well as failures, you should focus on emphasising the positives.’

What she is reinforcing is resilience, a quality that isn’t necessarily something you are born with: instead, it is a set of techniques which can be learned by almost anyone.

 

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These skills can shape our thoughts and mindset which in turn dictates behaviour and our approach to dealing with negative challenges like stress, tragedy, threats, health problems, financial challenges and workplace-related issues.

In this blog we share our top four ‘Offload’ reasons to build resilience in the work place.

  1. Improve individual productivity

  2. Improve workplace culture

  3. Support your home life

  4. Improve your health

 

Let’s take a load off and get into it:

  1. Improve individual productivity 

Building resilience will improve your productivity as a professional. People who have a strong aptitude for dealing with stress have the ability to enjoy a higher level of focus. They can block out the stressors often experienced around the work place. 

These stress ‘creators’ can come in the form of workplace rumour mongering, deadline concerns, personal distractions, confidence and awkward relationships with peers, subordinates and/or superiors, to name a few.

Emotionally this can leave a person with feelings of fear or reprimand, leading to panic and perceived embarrassment.

Developing your resilience can help you filter out these distractions and further stressors outside of your control, leaving you with the ability to think clearer and more rationally.

This is especially helpful when you need to review your work with the aim of improving your productivity. Resilient professionals will be better positioned to logically think through the process of an activity and find the issue at the heart of a problem. They can then agree a better working solution or simply improve and refine an already working process. 

 

  1. Improve workplace culture

A resilient workforce can be crucial when looking to develop a business’s internal culture.

Having a strategy to develop collective and individual workforce resilience will help staff regulate their emotions. Emotions are powerful drivers and when negative emotions manifest themselves publicly it normally will resonate beyond the person in distress.

Working on your team’s stress management will help develop skills to manage things like self-doubt, anger, confusion and sadness. 

You should then be left with a group of more confident, happy and empathic individuals and a team culture of enjoyment and support. All business owners know that a happy work force is generally a more productive one.

 

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  1. Support your home life 

The origins of the adage ‘Happy wife is a happy life’ goes as far back as the early 20th century. It is a reflection impressing upon us that work and life need to be in balance as they are intrinsically linked.

Stress and anxiety are not fixed geographically or vocationally so learning coping skills and developing ways to become resilient in the workplace will offer you skills that can be transferred to your home life.

They say home is where the heart is, so caring for your members of staff at work will offer them support away from the workplace and will pay dividends in the long run.

Learning greater self-acceptance and having a focus on continual self-improvement will help staff build personal confidence, giving them the ability to be more caring and supportive of each other.

It is a two-way street: relationships that are built on trust, love and respect offer support and reassurance to all parties. This helps to consolidate resilience for all.

 

  1. Improve your health

What came first, the egg or the chicken? Health and wellbeing walks hand in hand with resilience. Take care of your wellbeing and you will be become more resilient in the face of adversity, develop your ability to cope and will most likely become healthier. Starting the journey is key.

When building resilience, you will be encouraged to undertake activities that look after your health which will include three of the pillars of health: physical fitness, nutrition and sleep.

The great thing about Exercise is that it releases endorphins and serotonin into your body. These hormones encourage happiness and strengthens the cognitive ability of your brain, which helps reduce stress, depression and anxiety, all crucial when building resilience.

A further great benefit of exercise is that it helps improves your sleep, which is important in many ways. Poor sleep has been connected to a number of mental disorders, so it can play an important factor in supporting the development of resilience.

Finally, quality nutrition - that is nutrient rich - will also be the ‘order of the day’. We are what we eat and whilst we are building resilience, we must consider what we put into our bodies as fuel for our mental wellbeing and resilience.

There is evidence pointing towards diet having a direct impact on our mental well-being. One thing that is evident is a nutrient-rich diet will indeed help support your physical development which we already know is key to building resilience.

Enjoying physical wellbeing and fitness can be a brilliant benefit of why we should work on becoming more resilient when we face hardships. Physical fitness, great diet and being well rested will allow you more energy and clearer lines of thought in the workplace, adding to your productivity and ability to deal with stressful situations and challenges.

 

Offload

Becoming more resilient and having the ability to build your mental strength is something you can work on over time.

Like becoming physically stronger, you need to utilise exercises, determination and hard work to develop your mental strength and resilience. 

Rugby League Cares’s ‘Offload’ programme was created to help members of the public learn from the experiences of elite athletes, particularly how they build resilience to help them deal with the pressure of life as a professional sportsman, the media, competitive environment and most importantly, as a person. 

Offload programme uses ex-professional sportsman to deliver support and education on building resilience in the workplace.  

The former players and coaches share anecdotes and examples of highly pressured situations both on the field of play and in their personal lives to connect with participants whilst identifying similarities between the stressors of the participants and their own when they were athletes. This approach helps to normalise the message and make the lesson engaging and ‘sticky’.

Activities and discussions are entered into over the course of the fixture (every Offload class is called a fixture). Participants are encouraged to learn skills and tools to help develop their own personal resilience.

 

Find out more about Offload

 

If you are struggling or know someone who might need support urgently click here for extra resources from Rugby League Cares.