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How To Build Employee Resilience

Nandir Temlong is licensed clinical social worker and change management consultant. She is the founder and CEO of iXhale wellness center where she offers a comprehensive approach to fostering wellness for individuals, groups, and organizations as they navigate major changes and mental health challenges.

 
Executive Contributor Nandir Temlong

We can’t ignore that the world is ever-changing, and the business landscape is evolving more rapidly than ever before. From technological disruptions to global crises, the ability to bounce back and adapt is crucial. Resilience has become a vital trait for both individuals and organizations. In the workplace, resilience means navigating and overcoming challenges, stressors, and uncertainties while maintaining productivity, well-being, and a positive attitude. Resilience is not merely a personal trait but a strategic asset for organizations. When leaders prioritize resilience, they ensure long-term success, enhance organizational agility, and foster a positive culture.


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How employers and organizations can aid in building resilience

Organizations play a crucial role in fostering resilience among their employees. By fostering resilience, organizations can enhance overall performance, reduce turnover, and improve employee well-being. Furthermore, resilient employees contribute to a positive work culture, driving innovation and ensuring the organization remains agile and competitive. Investing in resilience not only benefits individual employees but also strengthens the organization's ability to navigate uncertainties and achieve long-term success. Here’s how they can do it:

 

Promote a positive work environment

Cultivate a culture of support, recognition, and open communication. When employees feel valued and understood, they are more likely to thrive during challenging times.


Invest in training and development

Offer workshops and training sessions that focus on both technical skills and soft skills such as problem-solving, time management, and emotional intelligence. Work with employees to create personalized career development plans.


Encourage work-life balance

Provide flexible working hours or remote work options to help employees balance their personal and professional lives. Implement wellness programs that focus on physical and mental health, such as fitness classes, mindfulness sessions, and counseling services.


Foster strong relationships

Organize team-building activities to strengthen interpersonal connections and foster a sense of community. Pair employees with mentors who can offer guidance, support, and advice.


Develop effective leadership

Provide training programs that focus on developing leadership skills such as empathy, adaptability, and strategic thinking. Encourage leaders to model resilient behaviors, such as maintaining a positive attitude, demonstrating flexibility, and showing perseverance.


Implement support systems

Offer Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) that provide confidential counseling and support services for employees dealing with personal or professional challenges. Provide resources and tools for stress management, such as workshops on stress reduction techniques and access to relaxation spaces within the workplace.


Encourage a growth mindset

Provide regular, constructive feedback to help employees learn and improve. Celebrate learning and encourage employees to embrace mistakes as opportunities for growth.


Conclusion

Building employee resilience is an ongoing process that requires commitment from both management and employees. By fostering a positive work environment, providing opportunities for growth, encouraging work-life balance, and implementing robust support systems, organizations can cultivate a resilient workforce capable of thriving in the face of adversity. Investing in resilience not only benefits employees but also strengthens the entire organization, ensuring long-term success and sustainability.


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Nandir Temlong, Psychotherapist, Coach & Change Management Consultant

Nandir Temlong, the CEO and Founder of iXhale Wellness Center, is a psychotherapist, coach, and change management consultant with over a decade of experience in mental health, coaching, and change management consulting. Nandir's expertise is rooted in both professional and personal experiences dealing with changes in life and the workplace. With an extensive clinical background, Nandir works with individuals facing mental health challenges, coaches on identity and mindset, and collaborates with organizations to provide training on topics such as emotional intelligence.


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