Employers Looking to Build Resilience in Teams Should Focus on Creating the Right Climate and Conditions, According to Find the Edge Expert

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Building resilience into a team of employees is important, as it can lead to improved confidence, adaptability and an improved sense of purpose in individuals, business psychologist and resilience expert Jill Flint-Taylor has said in a Find the Edge article published earlier today.

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Building a resilient team is not dependent on selecting a group of hardy individuals – in fact, this approach may even weaken the team by decreasing diversity.

Organisations of all varieties are facing increased challenges and need to put together teams that can bounce back from adversity stronger, business psychologist Jill Flint-Taylor has said in a new article on Find the Edge.

The article discusses the benefits of building resilience into teams, and clearly explains how to do so.

Flint-Taylor argues against simply grouping tough, resilient employees together, saying the process is far more complex than that.

She said: "Building a resilient team is not dependent on selecting a group of hardy individuals – in fact, this approach may even weaken the team by decreasing diversity."

"Nor is it simply a case of investing in developing everyone’s personal resilience, although of course this can be helpful."

"It’s rather a matter of creating the right climate and conditions in the first place, and then ensuring that the team grows in strength by coping successfully with tough challenges."

To do this, Flint-Taylor recommends a variety of approaches, including improving well-being, managing the risks of stress, and improving the happiness levels of employees.

She also discusses the need to recognise any successes and act on failures.

She said: "High levels of wellbeing will put the team in a good position to cope with challenges and setbacks, but won’t necessarily leave it stronger afterwards."

"To achieve this, you’ll need to ensure that effort is recognised and rewarded, success is correctly attributed and celebrated, and mistakes are understood and learned from."

"The result will be increased confidence, sense of purpose, adaptability and ‘social support’ (a strong network of supportive relationships) – all of which are core elements of resilience."

The article can be read in full here: http://www.findtheedge.co.uk/leadership/management-tips/how-to-boost-your-teams-bouncebackability.

Jill Flint-Taylor is a founding director of Rusando Ltd, who holds a PhD in psychology of executive selection from King's College. More about her work and research can be found here: http://www.findtheedge.co.uk/expert-panelist/jill-flint-taylor.

Kenny Goodman, founder of Find the Edge, said: "Every employer is looking for what Jill calls 'bouncebackability' - and the benefits of having a team with high levels of resilience are obvious."

"This is a great article that clearly explains the principles behind building and encouraging resilience within a team."

The article is the latest be published on Find the Edge, which is a business website dedicated to helping leaders find a competitive edge over their competitors by sharing valuable insight and knowledge.

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