The Conscious Effect by Natasha Wallace includes 50 practical lessons to transform yourself and your workplace through greater consciousness. Today, we read up on resilience and how to harness it for better productivity and work ethic.
Resilience in the workplace has never been so important.
We’re facing an unprecedented time, both economically and societally, with change and uncertainty in abundance. Without resilience, we will find it hard to navigate. Both at an organizational and individual level, resilience gives us the strength and perspective to better deal with the inevitabilities of life.
Now, it’s important to be clear about what resilience is not. It is not an expectation that you will stay strong regardless of the pressures, the workload, the crisis and the tragedies that you experience. No. Resilience is about bouncing back. Realistically, unless you’ve reached a stage of enlightenment reserved for the likes of Gandhi and the Dalai Lama, you are likely to be affected by the difficulties experienced in life. What resilience will provide you with is the ability to recover more quickly from setbacks.
Real-life resilience examples
Imagine the employee who is taken through a redundancy consultation process due to a team restructure. Their job is put at risk, and following consultation, they end up keeping their job. The process takes four weeks. During that time, the employee has no idea if they will have a job at the end of the process; they know that the job market is tough, and financially, the family will be in trouble if they are not earning two incomes. That is going to cause anxiety. The point isn’t whether anxiety is experienced, but how intense it is, how much it affects functioning and how long it takes to recover from. Expecting anyone to be totally unaffected by the dramas of life is unrealistic, but with resilience, you can cope better.
Without that resilience, the process of a redundancy consultation could end up being debilitating, leading to unhealthy stress levels and encouraging the individual to believe in worst-case scenarios. This can also affect the recovery process and may affect productivity, mental health and even relationships – both inside and outside of work. So there is a lot to be gained from building greater resilience. The crucial differentiators to someone with resilience, in contrast to someone without it, are their mindset and self-management.
Some people are more naturally resilient
The older generation, in particular, is generally better skilled at self-management than younger folk. And although age can give you the wisdom to view the trials and tribulations of life in a more productive and positive way, you don’t have to wait until you are old to develop these skills. Through becoming more consciously aware of your reactions and mindset, you can build your resilience.
Resilience fluctuates based on life circumstances. Being resilient enough to deal with one challenge can be straightforward, but it is more difficult when one is facing numerous pressures. And we’re all different, so what one individual may struggle with, someone else may find unproblematic.
Life will throw you lemons, we know that for sure. It’s your ability to get used to eating them that will lead to greater resilience and therefore greater wellbeing and performance.
To find out more about how to build up your resilience, read from Lesson 13 onwards. This section of the book will help you understand what leads to greater resilience, what you need to do to better look after yourself, and how to remove some of the barriers you may have created that are getting in the way of your own resilience.
About the book
The Conscious Effect focuses on reconnecting leaders with both their people and themselves. It awakens the awesome potential in organizations through an emotionally intelligent, people-first approach, which places employee and leadership wellbeing at its heart and helps leaders to become more consciously aware of what’s going on within and around them.
If leaders take better care of themselves and their people, they will run more socially responsible businesses that can leverage the full potential of their employees. The book weaves together practical knowledge of behavioural science so that leaders understand what to do and why it works.
About the author
Natasha Wallace is the founder and chief coach of Conscious Works, an organizational wellbeing company. As a former HR Director, Natasha left her job having reached burn out. It led her to recognize that there are two fundamental things getting in the way of people staying well at work — self-knowledge and self-care. She set up her company and wrote her book, The Conscious Effect, to help fix that problem. She now ‘inspires a well world of work’ coaching and advising leaders and their teams to create healthier and happier workplaces through a greater focus on wellbeing and its connection to high performance.
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