Employee Resilience Matters
In our leadership action learning programs, we define employee resilience as the ability to respond in a healthy way to pressure, to deal with difficult situations, and to overcome challenges. We know from change management simulation data that employee resilience is important. Employees with higher levels of resilience report greater job satisfaction, higher employee engagement, and a greater sense of control over their life. It’s important that we know how to help build employee resilience.
Without resilience, employees can become victims of stress and lose their ability to prevent negative thoughts and emotions from affecting their judgment and motivation. The good news is that employee resilience can be learned and improved upon.
What Leaders Can Do to Create Greater Employee Resilience
Perhaps the most important action leaders, especially new leaders, can take is to secure their own emotional wellbeing. They have the power to inspire and influence their employees. First and foremost, effective leaders need to foster resilience in themselves and then model best practices for their followers.
Based upon organizational culture assessment data, here is what you can do as a leader:
The Bottom Line
If you want to increase employee resilience, you must model leadership resilience. Maintain adequate levels of energy, find ways to release stress, and support the psychological and emotional needs of your team. Only then will achieve the resilience that keeps your team balanced and productive.
To learn more about how to help build employee resilience, download Leadership Performance Pressure – The Science Behind Performance Expectations
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