The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it,
move with it, and join the dance. Alan Watts
With constant state of movement and change in the workplace today including technological breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence, the ability to 3D print practically anything, driverless vehicles and the Internet of Things. It is not surprising to often hear we are entering a ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’. Of course, with all the technology in the world, we still can’t predict the future. There are still plenty of variables out there, however, what we can guarantee is that the way you communicate at the workplace will change, the economy will change, and you will encounter threats and issues that you have never been faced with before. All of which are creating a different world and a different marketplace.
If you want to stay ahead in business, you need to be ready and quick to adapt to these changes. Change management has never been so important. Achieving business growth while navigating change requires adaptable, engaged leaders and employees — along with an effective strategy for retaining key talent. LHH delivers customized solutions that incorporate manager and employee training with sustainability coaching to ensure engagement and workforce productivity and build personal resilience throughout the organization.
Resilience is a key capability for remaining effective in a world of work that is characterised by constant change and uncertainty, it allows people to go beyond survival and actually prosper in environments that are complex and dynamic. It is important that businesses recognise that the resiliency of the businesses is dependent on the resiliency of the employees. Whether for managers or the general workforce, the ability to cope with change can make or break a business. Which is why employee mental health has become a key focus for organisations today, with the impact the individual state of mind can have on employee engagement and performance. For example, sick leave is often not taken due to ill health, but stress related and the inability to cope with setbacks or change. The World Health Organisation has referred to stress as the ‘global health epidemic of the 21st Century’.
So, what can an organisation do to help build this resilience in the workplace?
Increasing workplace resilience
- Encourage social interaction and support
- Nurture trust and develop a workplace culture where problems are treated as a learning opportunity
- Celebrate successes and reward achievements, no matter how small.
- Equip leaders and employees with knowledge and techniques to adapt, respond and recover from ongoing change and uncertainty
- Encourage managers and employees to take breaks throughout the workday
- Understand the workload, involve your team in managing the workload
- Promote Health and Wellness programs
Andy Molinsky in his HBR article ‘You’re More Resilient than you give yourself credit for’, highlights most people are more flexible and adaptable than they think and that focusing on the skills they have has given them the courage to do new things. We see this in LHH Resilience workshops when individuals share experience and solutions with others, discovering news ways that build their resilience.
At LHH Gulf, we have created customised solutions to help you and your employees manage the inevitable changes that arise in business. Our change management programs can help to develop resiliency and improve workplace productivity for either managers or employees, find out more here and feel free to talk to one of our team.
Andy Molinsky in his HBR article
“You’re More Resilient Than You Give Yourself Credit For,” by Andy Molinsky