Strengthening the Core: 3 Essential Strategies for Resilient Teams

Resilient Team

In today’s uncertain and volatile world, building resilient teams is more crucial than ever.

Building a resilient team isn’t just about business goals; it’s about creating an environment where everyone feels valued and supported.

Here are 3 essential tips to help you build resilient and mentally healthy teams.

#1: Lead by Example

As leaders, our actions speak louder than words. When we prioritize our own well-being, we set a powerful example for our teams to follow. Here’s why leading by example is key to building a resilient and mentally healthy team:

Set the Tone for Well-being: When leaders take care of their mental and physical health, it creates a culture where self-care is valued and encouraged. Your team is more likely to follow suit if they see you prioritizing your health.

Show Vulnerability: Sharing your own challenges and how you overcome them fosters an environment of openness and trust. It’s important for your team to know that it’s okay to struggle and seek help.

Promote Balance: Demonstrating a healthy work-life integration encourages your team to do the same, reducing burnout and increasing productivity. Make sure to set boundaries and respect time off.

Encourage Open Conversations: By being approachable and supportive, you make it easier for team members to discuss their mental health and seek help when needed.

Remember, your mood and actions are contagious. Champion a culture of care, connection, and resilience by leading by example.

#2: Champion Self-Care, Crew Care, and Red Zone Care

Did you know that 42% of employees report fatigue and burnout that negatively impacts their job satisfaction? Additionally, only 31% of employees speak up at work when faced with an issue. Here’s how you can address these challenges:

Champion Self-Care: As leaders, it’s essential to model self-care. Remember, self-care isn’t selfish. It boosts your mood, resilience, and productivity. Take regular breaks, exercise, and practice mindfulness.

Foster Crew Care:  Creating a culture where team members support each other is crucial. Encourage open communication, trust, and learning from mistakes. When we care for each other, we build stronger, more resilient teams. Organize team-building activities and encourage peer support.

Provide Red Zone Care: Sometimes, team members will face significant mental health challenges. Early detection and intervention are vital. Be proactive in recognizing signs of stress, create a safe environment for sharing, and provide access to professional support. Ensure your team knows about the mental health resources available to them.

Let’s make 2024 the year we champion self-care, crew care, and red zone care.

#3: Better Conversations

One of the key foundations of resilient teams is strong psychological safety. One of the most effective ways to foster this safety is by having good conversations. Here are some practical tips on how to increase psychological safety in your team through open communication and genuine conversations:

Encourage Open Communication: Make it clear that everyone’s voice matters. Ask open-ended questions and actively listen to your team’s responses. This creates an environment where team members feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and concerns without fear of retribution.

Regular Check-ins are Essential: Make it a habit to ask your team members if they are okay, both in group settings and one-on-one. This shows that you care about their well-being and are open to discussing any challenges they might be facing.

Encourage Vulnerability: Share your own experiences and challenges. This helps build trust and makes it easier for others to open up. When leaders show vulnerability, it sets the tone for the rest of the team to do the same.

Be Consistent: Regularly create opportunities for these conversations. Whether through weekly check-ins, team meetings, or casual catch-ups, consistency is key. This helps reinforce a culture of openness and trust within your team.

By fostering open communication, showing vulnerability, and being consistent, you can build a psychologically safe environment where your team can thrive.

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