How to be resilient – the collaborative way

  • Are you…
  • Feeling that you have a run out of steam, because you’ve been doing all the thinking and carrying out most of the actions? Even when WFH?
  • Needing to be more resilient to stress, change or challenge? 
  • Finding your solo actions are not having the impact that you hoped for?
  • Facing a larger challenge, that might benefit from and inspired and collaborative group tackling it together?
  • If this sounds like you, it might be beneficial for you to build your personal resilience with peers or in a group
  • Social media focuses a lot on techniques that you can personally use to build your resilience.  That’s great in many ways, as it strengthens your emotional intelligence and gives you a strong sense of independence. 
  • But sometimes,  if you are tired, behaving like a super person, using up your energy and risking burnout, you need to build resilience with people and a network, rather than alone.  This working era is all about connection and community.
  • Here are some tips to help build your resilience collaboratively through relationships:
  • Overall, make and deepen your individual connections with people in your organisation and in your sector: 
  • Good relationships with colleagues that you get on with, friends at work, with colleagues that you get along with are so important. Don’t underestimate this.  It’s especially important to keep relationship building when WFH where most of your meetings are online. Practice being more mentally alert in meetings and show active listening. People quickly pick up if you are interested and ‘present mentally’ or ‘absent’. Good workplace relationships can take time to build, especially online. So take extra time to connect, listen to and engage with colleagues in a range of online settings.
  • If you have a good relationship with someone who is doing well at adapting to challenge, ask for ideas about how you could be more resilient to change in to these uncertain times. Ask for any tips, ideas, potential mentors, resources or learning events. Having other’s insights can inspire and strengthen your own resilience at work. 

Take part in learning that also involves an online group element, not just solo work e.g. a course that also has a facebook or LinkedIn community learning page. That way as you learn, you also build relationships.

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