by | Oct 3, 2019

Resilience is an important personal attribute that can have a wide-ranging influence on your wellbeing and performance at work.



What is resilience?

Resilience has been described as the “ability to succeed, to live, and to develop in a positive way . . . despite the stress or adversity that would normally involve the real possibility of a negative outcome”. 

It is the ability to maintain personal wellbeing in the face of challenge and adversity.

Resilient individuals can be recognised by their;






and, their ability to make adversity meaningful.

People with a high level of resilience;

  • Engage with and utilise others for their own support and development
  • Manage their negative emotions
  • Assert influence but accept external controls
  • Learn from their experience
  • Seek and use supportive external factors
  • Practice self-protection

From a personal perspective, resilience can have an impact on your emotional and psychological wellbeing as well as your work and home life. Being more resilient helps you to reduce burnout, increase empathy and compassion, reconnect with joy and improve your physical and mental health.

When resilience is poor, it is more likely that problems will develop with sickness absence, slow work performance and less effective communication. 


10 top tips to becoming more resilient;

  1. Make your home a sanctuary 
  2. Value your relationships with others
  3. Have regular health checks
  4. Recognise the signs of burnout
  5. Eat nutritiously, sleep well and take regular exercise
  6. Laugh more!
  7. Control your stress not people
  8. Recognise conflict and distress in yourself and others and deal with it
  9. Forgive
  10. Adapt and flow with change 

And finally – create your legacy 

When you are 80, what will you say when a child asks you,

‘tell me what I should do with my life? ‘….

Vanessa is a very experienced HR Professional with a career spanning over 30 years. Prior to setting up Imago HR she worked for many years as a senior HR leader, providing a compassionate and pragmatic approach to people management. Click on her website to find out more about the Imago HR service