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The secrets of workplace resilience
In 2000, business management consultant Graeme Cowan was at the peak of his career. At that time, he was the joint managing director of an executive internet search firm based in Sydney that specialised in e-commerce.
That was until the dot-com crash later that year, which saw the complete collapse of his business over a very short period of time.
But the dot-com bubble burst at the start of the decade saw the complete collapse of his business over a very short period of time.
He would struggle for another three years, before finally leaving the company.
By the end of that year, Cowan found himself at the lowest point of his life. His marriage had also broken down, and he had to move back home with his parents.
The unravelling of his professional and personal life gradually drove him into the depths of depression.
“It was like a pot of boiling water, where it builds and builds, and suddenly you realise you are quite hopeless. There was consistent stress and I was just not taking enough time for my own well-being,” says Cowan.
The depression lasted for close to five years, and one that his psychiatrist described as the worst he ever encountered. In 2004, he even attempted suicide…
To Handle Increased Stress, Build Your Resilience
Wherever you live or work, stress is on the rise. According to the International Labour Organization, workers in developed and developing countries are facing increasing strain at work. The onslaught of mounting stressors include global challenges, such as climate change, terrorism, and political turmoil – as well as personal and professional challenges, such as illnesses, job changes, and organizational restructuring.
For many of us, the initial response to stress is to look for external fixes. We turn to productivity tools or apps that promise to help us manage mounting pressures or we look for ways to alleviate our discomfort: find a different job, hire a new employee to take on an increased workload, or switch careers. But these solutions are often temporary and ineffective. Managing stress over the long term requires cultivating your own resilience skills before seeking external…