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Benefits of Developing Resilience in the Workplace: How to Be a More Resilient Employee

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We sometimes ask ourselves why some of our colleagues are successful in work. Probably, their success indicators are their intelligence and hard work of staying long hours at work. However, there are situations in our workplaces that test our ability to survive amid stressors.  

The ability to cope and survive on our tasks is considered as our working resiliency. When we talk about resilience, it means the ability to bounce on all the challenges we face. But, is it really important for us to develop resiliency at work? How can we be more resilient employees? Yes, it is important, because being resilient, you also develop a skill, like any other skills, so we can learn how to be resilient, even in the workplace.

Here are the five major characteristics of resilient employees

  • Social supporter. Resilient employees can be the source of advice and guidance when other employees feel stress – even after work setting, they find time to support their colleagues‘ unbearable work situations.
  • Stress manager. Workplace is stressful, from the stability of internet connection to tons of deadlines to comply with, but still, these employees manage the stress well and share their strategies with others, so they avoid the feeling of burnout.
  • Team player. Being resilient employees, you develop good communication relationships with other colleagues, you can listen and be attentive to their emotions and feelings and know how to be team player, who aims for the success of fellow employees. 
  • True self booster. Resilient employees show their real self. They walk their talk and align their values and beliefs on the policies and regulations of their workplace. 
  • Trust builder. They develop trust among other colleagues and don’t take seriously the work environment while at the same time foster positive emotions among them. 

Developing resiliency in the workplace is better shared with the colleagues – this is to nurture working skills and enhance the harmonious relationship.

Here are some ways to build resiliency in the workplace

  • Be positive at work. Put 100% of your energy and motivation when working. This is through developing personal resilience by ignoring the work stressor-related situations. 
  • Strengthen emotional intelligence. Be aware of the different level of emotions and feelings present in the workplace. Control own reactions and behaviour brought about by the actions of others. 
  • Establish a well-balanced life. Workers also need to find time for relaxation, to unwind and recover from stressful situations. 
  • Reflect. Practice being more reflective on your emotions and reactions towards the situations. Be aware of what are the stressors that trigger emotional upset situations.


Being resilient at work establishes the ability to cope with stressors and unexpected challenges, especially for those who just started to work or just transferred to a new workplace. Establishing resiliency develops high-level performance outcomes, and eliminates workplace stress that may lead to anxiety, burnout, and depression.

Having positive emotions can expand better work-related performance and this contributes to more applicable solutions for various workplace behaviours. Resiliency helps employees to experience positive effects even when there are work stressors, this leads to a positive impact on psychosocial and physical well-being. If employees have positive work outlooks, this leads to greater work performance.

Rona dela Rosa is the content manager of Psychreg. She is an Associate Professor at the Polytechnic College of the City of Meycauyan.


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