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The word "resilience" stands for resilience and resilience in difficult situations. In 2020 the term got a new dimension. Even if you are one of the lucky ones who is little affected in your business, socially and on a personal level everyone is affected and burdened in some way.

So what does resilience mean and how can we strengthen our own resilience and that of our employees?

Resilience - the dandelion factor

Every hobby gardener can easily visualize the term “resilience” using the example of the dandelion. A dandelion continues to grow, no matter how adverse the soil conditions are and no matter how often it is pulled out as a weed by the garden owner.

The dandelion just doesn't seem to let anyone or anything get it down, making it a prime example of resilience.

The word resilience is derived from the Latin word "resilere" and means to bounce off. Resilience therefore describes the ability of a person to overcome life crises, such as serious illnesses and strokes of fate, unscathed and with their own resources.

Those who are resilient have a high level of psychological resilience and resilience. However, this property is no coincidence. We can also train our resilience and we can help our employees to strengthen their resilience.

What does resilience mean in the world of work?

Resilient employees not only show strength and composure in times of crisis, but are generally more stable and resilient in everyday work.

Resilience in the world of work means:

  • Seeing change in a positive way
  • to cope with the increasing demands of working life
  • to be able to deal with stress in a positive way
  • To be able to cope better with setbacks and failures
  • to keep calm in hectic times
  • To endure contradictions and disagreements
  • to believe in one's abilities
  • to look pro-actively for solutions
  • To take on personal responsibility instead of remaining in the role of victim
  • to recognize the opportunities in the crisis

Why is it worth strengthening employee resilience?

The increasing number of employees with mental illnesses brings the issue of resilience more and more into the focus of business. According to the AOK Absence Report 2020, the average sickness rate among the employed members of the AOK in 2019 was19.8 days.Mental illnesses in particular have increased again. At 27 days per case, they also last more than twice as long as the average of 12 days per case of illness.

All measures that can be taken preventively to strengthen the mental health of employees save the company a lot of money. When talking about health management in companies, the mental health of employees is at least as important as their physical well-being.

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How can a company do something for the resilience of its employees?

The good news is that resilience can be strengthened. Similar to how you can keep your body and immune system fit through a healthy diet and sufficient exercise, it is also possible to strengthen your internal immune system.

While the fruit basket, free drinks or exercise offers have long since found their way into companies as health-promoting measures, there is often a lack of ideas for maintaining the mental health of employees. There are many measures to strengthen resilience that are inexpensive and yet have a great effect.

When it comes to increasing the resilience of employees, the direct managers play the all-important role. You can best control how an employee experiences and processes stress.

Can I no longer demand anything from the employees and just go for an "ideal world"? No, not at all. Strengthening resilience has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that a so-called "cuddle course" has to be taken. Rather, the focus is on a working atmosphere characterized by trust and respect.

7 points on how you as a manager can strengthen the resilience of your employees

1. Respect individuality

Short-time work, home office, isolation, stress, fears, changes and insecurity. All of these factors are perceived very subjectively by people. What is a trifle for one can throw the other off the beaten track. Respect every employee as an individual with their personal strengths, fears and limits. This automatically strengthens resilience and resilience.

2. Employee interviews

In order to know how your employee is doing, regular employee appraisals are more important than ever, especially in difficult times. They are the basis of the trusting relationship between manager and employee. They therefore have a great influence on the motivation, satisfaction and resilience of an employee.

3. Strengthen self-confidence

Those who are self-confident can deal with setbacks more easily. The leadership behavior of the direct supervisor has a direct effect on the self-confidence of the employees. Anyone who trusts their employees, shows them appreciation and encourages them in their development automatically strengthens their self-confidence and resilience.

4. Clearly define goals and priorities

Clearly clarify goals and priorities with your employees. If circumstances change at short notice, don't let your people down, go over the new priorities with them. This is how you take stress out of everyday work.

5. Help and support where necessary

Offer help and support if an employee is overwhelmed. Inquire exactly where the problem is and offer targeted countermeasures. This can be in the form of technical support, through organizational measures, but also in the form of coaching and training.

6. Recognize performance cycles - record and value developments

Do you know the performance profile and the performance cycle of your employees? Can you assess when load limits will be reached? We all go through performance cycles, regardless of the position, the tasks and the industry in which we work. Anyone who knows this can also assess at an early stage if extraordinary changes and stresses become visible.

Nobody can perform 100 percent 365 days a year - accept that your employees - just like you - have times when things don't go that way. Help them find the causes and help them return to the old form instead of just listing their mistakes. This will strengthen the self-esteem of your employees and thus their resilience.

7. Healthy corporate culture

Often it is not the stress at all, but the bad corporate culture that has a negative effect on the health and performance of employees. According to the absenteeism report, it is particularly important for employees that they have the support of their company, that good work is recognized and that they have a certain say in decisions. Make sure that all employees treat each other with respect and do not give bullying a chance.

What can I do myself to strengthen my own resilience?

1. Self-reflection

"Things are never as they seem. They are always what you make of them."

This quote from William Shakespeare makes it clear that dealing with the crisis in a reflective and positive manner makes all the difference. Our ability to reflect on ourselves is therefore important. The analysis of the situation, the measures and results will help you to identify the opportunities.

2. Take responsibility for yourself

Some people tend to blame others or chance for certain events. They say, for example, “Unlucky” or “I can't do anything about that”. That puts them in a victim role. Resilient people prefer to take control of events. So think about the situations in which you can change something and also credit yourself with the successes when you have achieved something.

3. Capture successes

Record your successes in writing. Some do this in a journal or on a track record. Looking back over the years, there is a small treasure that strengthens self-esteem, self-confidence and thus also resilience.

4. Keeping an energy balance

What part of my energy do I spend on what? From which areas of life do I draw which part of my energy? Ultimately, ours aretime and ourenergy the resources that are only available to a limited extent and we have to make conscious decisions about how to use them. The creation of an energy balance for us.

5. Self-management

Those who are well organized usually feel more secure. Self-organization helps to have a full overview of one's tasks. This also allows you to switch off better and enjoy your free time. Because whoever loses the overview becomes restless and weakens his resilience. Working according to priorities and a well-kept list of tasks are basic prerequisites for maintaining inner calm.

5. Build networks

A social network helps in stressful situations. It consists of family, friends, but also business partners and colleagues and gives you the opportunity to openly discuss problems and to look for solutions together. This gives you inner security and strengthens your stamina. So cultivate your relationships.

Seminar tip: Successful leadership

Would you like to lead on the basis of trust? Your basic attitude and your self-reflection are the most important factors for you to succeed. But there are also techniques and skills that can be learned.

You will receive plenty of food for thought, methods and leadership skills in the BEITRAINING seminars Successful Leadership (LYT) and Practice-Oriented Leadership (QSL). You can also benefit from the exchange with like-minded people.

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