Building resilience

Helping your employees recognise and
overcome challenging situations

What is resilience?

It is important to recognise that we all deal with challenges in different ways. Every day, things happen that test our resilience.

Through these challenges – both positive and negative – you still have to stay focused at work and home, taking care of yourself and the people you love. That’s easier to do the stronger and more resilient you feel.

Why is resilience so important?

Resilient people are able to use their skills and strengths to cope and bounce back from challenges to remain focused and productive. A resilient team will handle change and challenges with energy, effectiveness and positive action. It means they can adapt and learn from difficult situations in ways that foster strength and growth. They often emerge even stronger than they were before.

Spotting the early signs

The following signs could be indicators that your employee's resilience at work is being affected:
  • Feeling stressed or anxious
  • Having difficulty overcoming problems
  • Struggling to cope with change
  • Working longer hours
  • Not finding the time for things that are important to you
  • Health problems
  • Finding it hard to feel positive

How to build resilience in your team

There are many areas in which you can help to build resilience amongst your employees. Modern workplaces are ever changing so understanding this is fundamental.

Promote an open and trusting environment

Provide expert support to help maintain good mental health

Encourage honest and open communication with strong social networks

Keep perspective

Emphasise things that are done well and encourage self-nurture

Take time out to recharge - from regular breaks to taking holiday

Practise being flexible in and out of the office to help develop mental toughness

Develop important connections and quality relationships with colleagues

Useful contacts

You can also explore the following support for you to direct your employees to.


Support for everyone experiencing mental health problems.

Call: 0300 123 3393 (9am - 7pm,  Monday - Friday except bank holidays)

Visit online: Mind


Support to help strengthen relationships for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Visit online: Relate

Mental health at work

Help you to find the information and resources you need.

Visit online: Mental health at work

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