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Building Resilient Teams

Resiliency of teams is more important now than ever. Resilient teams are invested in the mission of the organization, demonstrate adaptability when faced with challenges, and have confidence they will be supported by their team members and leadership to reach organizational goals.

This crisis is a great opportunity to build and strengthen the resiliency of teams.

Research has discovered four factors that help people and teams become more resilient in times of stress.

R = relationships. Teams with strong work relationships are more resilient. Team members know they have support from other team members and leadership. They know that whatever obstacles they face, their team has their back. To help foster strong work relationships, keep communication open and strive for a culture that values the person behind the process.

E = efficacy. Teams with a positive “I can do it” attitude are more resilient. Teach team members to draw on success in the past when faced with obstacles. Build a culture where positive affirmations are exchanged frequently and let your team know you believe in them. Encourage personal rest and renewal to help ensure high performance when at work.

A = (positive) affect. A positive and uplifting environment has been shown to produce higher resiliency in teams and reduce stress. Whether you share jokes with one another, bring in goodies for the team, or simply compliment one another, it fosters positivity and helps create higher resiliency.

L = learning. Teams that are taught to view unsuccessful experiences as learning opportunities rather than failures are more resilient. When team members experience failure, guide them in finding solutions to improve.

Resiliency in our teams is not only beneficial now, but will benefit us when facing future hardships. What tips do you have to help foster resiliency of teams?

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