9 Ways To Build A Resilient Team
Resilience isn’t just for athletes; it’s an essential skill for an agile productive nonprofit team. Long hours and even longer to-do lists can lead to stress, burnout, and ultimately employee churn. This is true for many industries, and it’s particularly true for people who work at nonprofits. When your day job involves facing some of humanity’s biggest struggles, you need to feel empowered to tackle the daily tasks that help you make an impact on your cause. Here are 9 Ways To Build A Resilient Team.
Keep your team motivated through resilience. Here’s what you should know about resiliency and nonprofits, along with eight tips to help your team feel strong and supported.
What Is Resiliency?
Resilience is a person’s ability to bounce back from adversity, whether it’s something small (like a missed deadline) or something major (like not hitting a campaign goal). A resilient person takes the blow, figures out what worked and what didn’t, applies that learning, and continues to thrive.
This skill is tested when times get tough, like planning a stressful event or coordinating a cross-channel marketing campaign. Stress isn’t the only thing that can test a person’s resilience, but it’s a key player because stress in the workplace is exceedingly common and can affect your team in more ways than one.
Stress at work can lead to physical, mental, and emotional strain. All of that increases the risk of burnout, a state of physical and mental exhaustion after periods of prolonged stress. Burned-out employees don’t feel or perform their best, and whether you’re feeling the effects of burnout yourself, or you’re a team lead with struggling employees, burnout can affect everyone at an organization.
Fostering resilience on your team helps keep the lights on, the morale high, and the engine chugging. And in the nonprofit industry, it’s a crucial skill for teams to develop in order to reach their goals.
How Resiliency Impacts the Nonprofit Industry
Nonprofit teams routinely have to contend with factors that test resilience, like heavy workloads, limited funding, and the necessity to wear many different hats within an organization. Yet, Classy’s report, World-Changing Work: The Modern Nonprofit Professional’s Experience, found that 84% of nonprofit professionals say they are satisfied in their current role. This leads us to believe that despite the stress nonprofit professionals face, the end result makes them feel like the work is worth it.
This is likely because people who work with nonprofits tend to be highly dedicated to their work and their organization’s mission. You have to believe in what you’re doing to get the work done, but if you’re not prioritizing your own physical and mental health along the way, you’re burning the candle at both ends.
For dedicated nonprofit professionals, a greater emphasis on fostering resilience achieves a few big wins. According to a report by the American Heart Association, resilient employees are associated with the following:
- Better stress management at work
- Greater job satisfaction and happiness
- Stronger organizational commitment
- Better relationships between employees
- Improved self-esteem
Keep reading for targeted tips to help your team feel supported, find balance, and feel stronger than ever.