Work can be stressful, and depending on your work environment, it can be more stressful than it needs to be. I am sure we can all share the fact that we have worked with difficult colleagues. To stay productive, you need to be able to be resilient. Critical co-workers, over-reaching bosses, and high-stress environments can all lead to your job feeling more exhaustive than it should be.
If you want your job to feel less taxing and stressful, then maybe you should try being more resilient in the workplace. Try these five tips to be more resilient in the workplace and start enjoying your job again.
1.Don’t compare yourself to those around you.
People work differently. Some are faster than others, some have different strengths and weaknesses, and everyone produces different quality results from time to time. You have to remember that you won’t always be the best so you should never compare yourself to the standards of others.
The only person you should try to be better than is your past self, so don’t let the way others work discourage you from working the way you do best.
2. Be able to accept feedback and criticism
Whilst you shouldn’t compare yourself to others, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be able to accept feedback. People offer unique viewpoints that you may not have been able to see yourself. This doesn’t mean that you didn’t put in a good effort, just that there are areas to improve upon. Try not to be defensive.
Be receptive to the advice that others have to give you. Everyone knows at least one thing that you don’t, so try your best to learn from them. Especially if you are new in the organisation, your colleagues can give you great tips and its a way of building respect for each other.
3. Know that you may have to do a task again, differently.
Nobody’s perfect. You will never be correct 100% of the time and you have to be willing to accept that. If you accept that you will make errors, then you won’t be afraid of making them.
It’s okay to mess up sometimes it’s not the end of the world. Just analyse what your mistakes were and how you can correct them in the future. Keep a note in your diary, create your own crib sheet or ask for support or mentorship if you need it. Always speak to your Line Manager if you are struggling or need additional training. Never struggle in silence.
4.Don’t be afraid of deadlines.
There’s a reason deadlines exist: work has to be submitted in by a certain time so that workflow can continue running smoothly. Whilst they can be stressful, use deadlines as a necessary motivation to get your work done on time. Use your time wisely and space your work out so that you don’t become overly-stressed when a deadline is approaching. Use your diary and plan well ahead. Prioritisation is key.
5. Distance yourself from your work.
While you should take some level of pride in your work, you have to realise that your work does not determine who you are or your self-worth. It’s crucial to be able to separate yourself from the work you produce so that you don’t become too stressed. Too much stress can discourage you from trying a failed task over again, which makes you less resilient. You can also struggle with overwhelm if you keep taking on more and more tasks that perhaps you are not able to do because of a very heavy workload. Perhaps you are also taking on a colleagues work because they are off at the moment.
Switch off when you leave work, and don’t check emails and other work related messages if you are not getting paid. Enjoy your time off.
Resilience is a skill that can be beneficial in all aspects of your life. It is especially important if you want a workplace that is less stressful and more enjoyable. With resilience, you can work to your optimum ability and feel confident that your work sets a high standard. If you’re unsure where to start, use these five tips and you’ll start feeling more resilient in no time.
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