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Change and Resilience

Work life in 2009 is more stressful than ever. Everywhere there is news of layoffs and an inability to find jobs. The economy has upset many nervous systems. It is a time of change and in many ways renewal. The ability to have resilience and stress hardiness is more important now than ever.

In the book How to Succeed No Matter What Life Throws At You: Resilience At Work by Salvatore R. Maddi and Deborah M. Khoshba resilience is discussed:

"When stress mounts, many people show strain-related performance and health problems. They worry more, feel hopeless. experience aches and pains, let problems preoccupy them, act like victim, feel angry and bitter about the world, sleep poorly, and finish tasks inadequately or not on schedule. Over time, stressful symptoms can show up in wear-and-tear diseases, like arteriosclerosis cancer, or obesity. These less resilient people show vulnerability under stress."

"In contrast, it is resilience that leads us to thrive at work and at home. Some people are resilient even in extremely stressful circumstances. They turn disruptive changes and conflicts from potential disasters into growth opportunities. This is the heart of resilience. It's like finding the silver lining in the cloud.

Resilient people resolve conflicts, turn disruptive changes into new directions, learn from this process, and become more successful and satisfied in the process. As our times become more turbulent resilience has never been needed more."

Many studies now have been done looking at Hardiness in promoting resiliency in the work arena .

"The overall conclusion is that hardiness enhances performance, conduct, leadership, stamina, and health under stressful, changing circumstances. Here are some of the other consistent findings that underscore the main conclusion:
  • People with highly developed resilient attitudes—the 3 C's (commitment, control, and challenge)—perceive stressful circumstances to be less threatening.

  • The more resilient people are, the more likely they are to complete tasks in creative ways rather than in routine ways.

  • Dealing head-on with stressful circumstances in creative ways results in less physical, mental, and behavioral strain.

  • Hardiness is an amalgam of resilient attitudes, coping skills, support-enhancing social interactions, and behaviors."

"You have a choice as to the way in which you cope with stressful changes. The way of transformational, or resilient, coping is to
  • Treat changes as problems to solve

  • Take the necessary mental and action steps to solve problems effectively, and

  • Draw observations, insights, and wisdom from your coping experiences in order to learn and grow.

  • Each time you cope in this way, you make yourself better prepared for the next problem as it arises."



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