Is your team better at dealing with stressful situations as they are taking place? Or, they are better at “getting over it” once they’ve had time to “cool down?” Psychological resilience is one of the key strengths we should all learn during our lifetime. Let’s take a closer look at how stress affects a team’s resilience and ability to overcome obstacles. A candidate's resilience strengths should be taken into consideration during any hiring process, especially when positioning new hires into immediate areas of concern and/or high-stressor environments. Team resilience development can also be applied when optimizing the existing workforce, replicating top performers and developing new leaders from within.
The Holmes Scale for Stress is an excellent tool to measure the stress level of your team, which you can download here. Stress can be caused from a variety of reasons, including holidays, leaving for or returning from vacation, a change in responsibilities or deadlines at work, and inevitable life events.
Our ability – or lack, thereof – to adapt in the face of adversity can lead to more serious problems with our health, careers, families, and ongoing living conditions. Our strengths develop from our resilience to negative situations, and reviewing each team member’s DISC graph results will reveal their level of resilience and DISC Personality Style.
Some people don’t deal well with confrontation, and may find themselves allowing frustration to bottle up. The longer it bottles up, the more damage can be expected to occur. This type of stress can destroy you from within. Likewise, those who are able to confront challenges right away may find they quickly return to their natural state. Generally speaking, stressors for each personality style arise from their dominant fears:
The team environment is just one instance of daily communication taking place. We openly interact with our co-workers when united under a common goal and objective. Together, we face the pressures of compliance, time constraint and difficult customers. We face the challenge of making magic happen under minimal budgets, while being expected to perform well. There are several approaches a team leader or coach can apply to help any team better cope with stress:
With a greater support system, your team members will more easily get over their fears, build up their resilience, and cut the strings that have been holding them back. Self-awareness and nurturing work together to help keep things in perspective. Read also how to turn around a failing team by leading from within.
Written by: Jessica N. Abraham
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