5 Tips to Build Up Your Resilience for National Employee Benefits Day

Published: Apr 02 | 2019
Modified: Apr 03 | 2019

National Employee Benefits Day takes place on April 2nd every year, recognizing the dedication of administrators, advisors, insurers, and everyone in between, so Benefits by Design makes a point in participating. This years’ theme is resilience, and we want to share what we’ve learned about resilience from our over twenty years in business.

What is Resilience?

Resilience can be shown a number of ways – in business, in life and relationships, and in the face of bad news or difficult circumstances.

Definition of Resilience | Benefits by Design

Stress is a natural part of life and workplaces, and resilience plays a major part in dealing with that stress and focusing on the problem to create better outcomes. Workplaces with employees who are constantly stressed out will see declining employee engagement, productivity, job satisfaction, and high employee turnover.

So, it’s in employer’s best interests to help employees build resilience and manage stress well – but how to do it?

5 Tips for Building Resilience

Building resilience doesn’t happen overnight, and those looking to improve the way that they manage their stress levels should be in it for the long haul. It takes time and consistent application, as well as trial and error. After all, everyone’s different, and what works for some may not work for others.

With that said, here are five tips that will put you and your employees on the right track to building resilience:


#1. Take Time to Unwind

One of the best ways to relieve stress is to do something that you enjoy. Take up a hobby that brings you peace of mind and be sure to leave some time in your day devoted just to that. Consider music, gardening, reading, cooking – anything!

Employers are well advised to encourage their employees to pursue their passion to reduce their overall stress.

#2. Think of Adversity as Opportunity

Things don’t always go the way we want – that’s just a part of life, and those difficult circumstances can be stressful. While it’s okay to feel stressed, it’s important to consider these roadblocks as opportunities to learn and grow.

#3. Develop a Support Network

A supportive environment is key to dealing with stress effectively. That support can come from family and friends, but also from employers.

Offering Employee Assistance Plans (EAPs) as part of a benefits package gives employees another level of support when dealing with life’s ups and downs. Friends and co-workers may also be able to step in if you’re overwhelmed in a workplace to help alleviate some stress.

#4. Maintain a Positive Outlook

We interviewed one of our Managing Partners, Troy Southward, about resilience in the face of a life-threatening health concern, and he said,

“You’ve got to focus on the positive, whatever that is, and stay in that frame of mind. Adversity is a part of life, and embracing that, accepting that, focusing on the positive, is how you move forward.”

We couldn’t agree more!

#5. Focus On What You Can Do - Not What You Can't

Sometimes things will just be beyond your control. The important thing to do in these situations is to focus on what is in your control, and take steps towards that – no matter how small. Any step forward is a step in the right direction.

Finally, it’s important to know that resilience is not about being immune to stress, it’s about being able to bounce back and to push through those tough times and learn from them. Building resilience is a process that takes time and consistency, but if you stick to the five tips above, you’ll be well on your way to adapting to stress more effectively.

Check out these additional resources on resilience for National Employee Benefits Day!

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