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In a rapidly changing world, in which technological developments and economic shifts follow one another, resilience becomes a crucial trait for employees to stay happy and motivated. As an employer, you can play a vital role in supporting your employees to become more resilient and cope better with change.

Strategies for greater resilience in the workplace

Within the Good work goal ‘Resilient work’, we encourage a work environment that supports employees in their ability to deal positively with stress and adapt to unexpected or significant changes. Here are some strategies to help your team grow and thrive in the midst of uncertainty and change:

  • Create an open corporate culture

Resilience starts with a sense of safety and trust within the working environment. Encourage open communication and make sure your employees know they can freely express their concerns, fears and challenges. Show empathy and understanding of their situation, both work-related and personal.

  • Invest in growth

Invest in the growth of your employees through courses, workshops and training. Increasing their skills and knowledge will not only help them adapt to change, but also boost their self-confidence. This allows them to face challenges with more determination.

  • Be flexible

Allow flexible working arrangements, such as teleworking or flexible working hours, if possible. A flexible working environment gives employees room to balance work and private life, allowing them to experience less stress and adapt better to change.

  • Encourage self-care and well-being

Resilience goes hand in hand with a healthy mental and physical state. Encourage your employees to take time for self-care and well-being activities. This can range from encouraging breaks during the working day to offering well-being programmes and initiatives.

  • Lead by example

As a manager, you play an important role in promoting resilience in your organisation. Be an example of resilience yourself by dealing positively with change and challenges. By demonstrating your own resilience, you will inspire others to do the same

WDo you want to invest in the well-being of your team and help them to deal with change resiliently? Request our Resilience Scan today and take the first step towards a resilient work environment.

As the safety and well-being of employees is our number one priority, Antwerp Management School defined the Good work goals in collaboration with B-Tonic. These are the 10 key points of action that should drive every company’s sustainable well-being policy. With this, we want to emphasise that good working conditions are a demonstrable responsibility not only in times of stability and prosperity, but also – and even more so – in times of crisis and recovery.

The Good work goals aspire to a working environment that is safer, healthier, more resilient, more inclusive, happier, more balanced, more sustainable, more supportive, more meaningful and more responsible. By proposing a series of actions in each of these 10 areas, the Good work goals show the path employers can take to ensure a good working environment for their employees.


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Annelies Theunissen
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