Work makes a range of demands on us. These are not limited to job tasks and targets, but also include demands from colleagues, clients and others. These demands create pressure and too much of it leads to stress. Learning resilient behaviours can help manage the pressure, control any stress and meet the demands at work.

Resilience is a key characteristic possessed by employees who deal well with workplace stresses. Resilience can be defined as ‘bouncing back from adversity, healing and emerging stronger.’ At work, people who have learned to be resilient are better equipped to deal with constantly changing priorities and a heavy workload.

Most people think that a combination of education, training and work experience will lead to success at work. In fact, it is a person’s level of resilience that will help navigate through the challenges of constant organisational change and upheaval, impending staff cutbacks, looming deadlines, argumentative meetings and competition from business rivals.

Resilience is not a personality trait gifted to some and not to others. It is not a passive quality, but an active process. Those with low resilience can learn how to boost their ability to cope, thrive and flourish at work.  Anyone can learn these habits and create strategies to help increase resilience.

It is important to identify your own personal strategies that foster a great resilience at work. Here are some helpful ways

Make Connections – Good relationships with family and friends and others are vital. Being active in the wider community also helps.

Accept that change is a part of living- Certain goals may no longer be attainable as a result of adverse situations. Accepting circumstances that cannot be changed can help focus on circumstances that can be altered

Look for opportunities of self-discovery – Through life’s struggles, many learn something about themselves and find that they have grown in some respect. Most people develop better relationships,  self-worth and heightened spirituality and a greater appreciation for life

Take care of yourself- Pay attention to your own needs and feelings. Engage in activities that you enjoy and find relaxing. Exercise regularly. Taking care of yourself helps to keep your mind and body set to deal with situations that require resilience.

Celebrate your successes- At the end of each day, take time to review what went well and applaud yourself for it. This trains the mind to look for success rather than dwelling on failure.

The writer holds two Master’s degrees in Public Health from the University of Queensland in Australia. She can be contacted on