Since the COVID-19 pandemic swept the globe, employees from all sectors have had to face unprecedented challenges. And healthcare workers were dealt the worst hand. Overflowing facilities, endless shifts, poor supplies, and nonstop death became part of their day to day. Somehow, they managed to persevere – but what got them through? It may have been their resilience.
Resilience is defined as mental toughness, or the ability to bounce back quickly from challenges. Research points to resilience as a major indicator of success in high-stress fields like healthcare. So, for managers looking to hire long-lasting, effective workers, resilience is THE trait to look for. Here’s how to identify it in job candidates:
Resilient people can spot the silver lining in difficult situations. They’re more likely to see challenges as a chance to learn, grow, and come out stronger on the other side. Instead of shying away from obstacles, resilient workers face them head-on.
Resilient people aren’t reactive. They don’t catastrophize, lash out, or shut down in response to stress. They can manage their thoughts and feelings to stay present and focused. When disaster strikes and others are panicking, resilient workers are the calm in the storm.
Because of their presence of mind and emotional stability, resilient people are better equipped to solve problems in the moment. When an unforeseen challenge arises, they don’t freeze up. Rather, they get creative and work with their team to come up with a solution.
They seek support.
Instead of trying to go it alone, resilient people reach out for support. They understand that there’s strength in numbers, and that different perspectives and experiences are needed to solve problems. A resilient employee doesn’t operate as a lone wolf.
They have long-term goals.
Unshakeable self-confidence is a hallmark of a resilience. Resilient employees have total faith in their ability to handle whatever comes their way. This makes them excited about the future, and eager to set lofty goals for themselves.
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