Characteristics of Resilience

Resilience is the ability to absorb a shock, to quickly assess a situation, and to bring yourself back to a higher level of functioning. The ability to bounce quickly is a learned behaviour.

The world we live in can quickly overwhelm us as individuals and as a collective. Most days consist of multitasking, repetitive interruptions, and switching from task to task. To assist with staying on track and from becoming overwhelmed mindful attention to one thing at a time is recommended.

That includes making sure those around you know the following:

  • you do not wish to be distracted;
  • prioritize your tasks with the most challenging set for the time of day you have peak energy;
  • turn off pop-up notifications when possible.

The benefits of following a few simple steps mentioned include:

  • reduced stress;
  • improved cognitive function;
  • emotional stability;
  • behavioural consistency;
  • improved levels of sleeping and other physical benefits.

Try focusing on doing one thing at a time for a day or two and notice the benefits. You may be pleasantly surprised at the transformation that occurs.

Marie-Helene Sakowski, Transformational Consultant,

Authenticity – The Foundation

Promoting yourself involves being generous, trustworthy, present, open minded and adaptable. These traits are offshoots of the following 3 areas: clearing obstacles, acceptance of others and self, and genuine self expression.

The first focuses on clearing obstacles or embracing challenges in your life. Not taking the risks necessary to address the challenges in life is often what keeps people stuck. Being authentic means rising to the challenges faced.

The second area is to be accepting of yourself and others. Accepting people as they are rather than having the agenda of changing them is a huge step in authenticity.

The third is to express yourself genuinely. That does not give permission to cause a scene or be intentionally disruptive. It does mean to speak your opinion or feelings about a project or process respectfully.

Genuine self -expression takes practice.  Let me know how you are doing in that area.  I am genuinely interested.

Marie-Helene Sakowski, Transformational Consultant,

Returning to the Office Fulltime – Yes or No

Returning to the Office Fulltime – Yes or No

Employers are taking steps to have employee’s return to the office. While plans are underway to have workers return to their workplaces the other issue is that “Working From Home” is not going away any time soon if at all.

Women that are mothers are feeling the impact of working from home while juggling family responsibilities. That does not mean that they are whole heartedly embracing going back to the office full time.

Suggestions for employers to address the issue of returning to the office while maintaining employee satisfaction is to consider the following: The ability to setup preferred office hours; Employer paid costs for commuting to the office; Childcare paid for by the employer.

These suggestions are certainly within the financial means of mid-sized and large companies. For small businesses, the costs associated with providing additional perks such as the ones noted may be prohibitive. This would be especially true for those businesses in the service or entertainment sectors who have had to pair down or completely shut down their operations.

As an employee would you leave your job if it meant you had to go back to the office?

Marie-Helene Sakowski, Transformational Consultant,