Resilient Workplace

Foster Resiliency: The Importance Of Creating A Workplace That Is Set Up For Success

Written by on December 8, 2015

Will your employees be up to the task of resolving the next problems that arise? Relying too heavily on employees to solve future problems is not a recipe for sustained success. Every organization needs to do their part from the top down in order to build a culture that adapts to employees’ needs. Fostering a resilient workplace- for the organization as a collective, not just for individuals – should be one of the main goals of an organization.

Your Workforce Isn’t Static: Nip Conflict In The Bud

The changing nature of today’s workforce is an ever-present reminder that organizational flexibility is a necessity to maintain resilience among staff. More than ever, the age gap that separates different segments of the labour market are coming into conflict. As Baby Boomers begin to seriously consider retirement and Millennials begin to establish themselves professionally, there is always a possibility that these two ideologies will collide. When risk-averse employees mingle with highly flexible ones who are willing to reshape the status quo to meet their career needs, the subsequent conflict can reduce productivity and effectiveness of the entire organization.

It’s the organization’s responsibility to be aware of this potential for conflict and to balance these competing interests before they clash.

Ensure Engagement To Decrease Burnout

Engaged employees are productive employees. Organizations should strive to create the right conditions for employee engagement if only for selfish reasons. While cultivating engagement might seem like a difficult task, the reality is that a workplace is actually a fairly easy place to assess as far as energy levels and positive outlook. If the energy in the room isn’t right upon walking in, then leaders should recognize that something must change in order to encourage the positive productivity that translates into happy, resilient employees.

One way to ensure that your workplace remains a positive environment is to carefully consider what is your organization asks of each employee. Of course, organizations want to get the highest value of each individual, but this desire for efficiency should be tempered by the knowledge that asking too much of any one person, without granting them added resources, can cause strain and drain energy levels.

Being aware of both the makeups of your workforce and the environment created by your workplace is the first step towards building an environment flexible enough to meet the needs of various types of employees. Time and again, we see that diverse teams make for better overall results; this is the result of bringing people who have broadly divided interests together to work in different ways towards common ultimate goals. Recognizing the differences and accommodating all parties in one way or another is an organization’s best first move towards long-term cohesion.