Boost team resilience to achieve greater success for everyone
In recent years, economic pressure has meant that people need to work longer hours, achieve higher targets and fewer people need to achieve more with leaner, flatter organisational structures. Covid19 has had a serious impact on many businesses and individuals all over the world.
In the current climate, many workplaces are still going through periods of significant stress, reduction in numbers, reduced budgets, higher workloads and so on.
Pressures comes out in very human ways - increased sick leave, staff becoming more sensitive and less tolerant, teams fragmenting and some people withdrawing into their work.
However, some teams are resilient thorough these times and are pulling together. Resilience is about what we think and how we behave when faced with adversity. Research has shown that companies that invest $1 in team resiliency initiatives get $2.30 in return.
Fostering a healthy work environment may not be a top priority for everyone but doing so will lead to impressive gains. Not only will your employees be happier to come to work but the quality and volume of their output will increase significantly.
Team resilience is important and this week we are highlighting several simple ways you can boost team resilience to achieve greater success for everyone.
Here are 7 simple ways you can help boost team resilience:
Recognise accomplishments to build team resilience
Train managers to support team resilience
Be open and honest with your employees
Being as transparent and approachable as possible can help your employees feel more comfortable and trusting as well
Break tough workloads into smaller goals
Give your staff enough breaks to boost productivity
Spend time with each other outside of your work setting
Building a resilient team requires a two-sided, equal relationship
Strong and Supportive Leadership:
A leader who sets a realistic direction, is transparent, honest, understanding, and supportive of how people are doing.
Inevitably, there will be some decisions for which senior management are responsible and need to make. However, as much as possible, there needs to be some genuine two-way discussion about challenges, ownership, and accountability.
The more managers engage their team members in such discussions and make important decisions through collaboration, the more valued and engaged the team members will be.
If we can get the right attitudes within the team at an individual level, the necessary behaviours tend to follow.
Here are some of the key attitudes that build resilient teams:
All in this together
Help each other out
Can do it
It’s not perfect, but you still have a lot to be grateful for
Do important work
It's OK to ask for help
Do the best with what is
Sort problems out
When these attitudes are embraced by team members, you will see people stepping outside their own roles and responsibilities to help other team members.
They will think more creatively and embrace change rather than resist it.
For more information, check out the following articles on how to build resilience.