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The Importance of Resiliency

Most people would agree that today’s workplace is bumpier and more fast-paced than in the past.  New technology and ever-changing organizational structures may improve productivity and efficiency, but sometimes at the expense of people’s comfort and psyche.

As this increasing pace of change is unlikely to slow, organizations and individuals are well-advised to accept this as the ongoing reality and prepare for it. The concept of resiliency is being  recognized as a key attribute of success among high-achieving individuals and organizations.

Researchers have found that developing resiliency can generate many positive changes to a person’s life. These positive changes can include; higher job satisfaction, greater commitment, improved feelings of connectedness, and greater job performance outcomes.

Resiliency doesn’t just affect your role in the workplace, however. Resiliency can also create positive enhancements to your everyday life, such as; an increased likelihood of retaining health, an increase in overall happiness, the ability to see change not as a threat but as an opportunity, and the ability to see positivity in most situations.

In order for organizations to be resilient, the individuals within an organization must be resilient. Resilient employees are key components to ensuring a well-rounded and successful company. Organizations as large as the U.S. military are investing in resiliency development.  The goal is help people anticipate change in a positive manner and to bounceback from unexpected situations.

Think about a time you were confronted with a big change. How did you react? In what ways do you wish you reacted differently? Many times individuals react by “catastrophizing”, which is when an individual will begin to think of every worst case scenario that could possibly happen as a response to a change. By working on resiliency skills, individuals can learn how to counteract such reactions and better manage stress.

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