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4 Team resilience and how to support it

As you will have realised throughout this week, the support of your team and your manager can play a significant role in enhancing your career resilience.

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A resilient team manages adversity in a way that strengthens its ability to deal with future challenges, but most researchers agree that having a group of individually resilient team members does not necessarily mean that team resilience will occur. Hartwig et al. (2020) suggest that collective responses to adversity require effective communication, collaboration and co-ordination among team members.

Facilitating an environment that supports those three things is a managerial responsibility, but you can also play your part in communicating clearly and being open to collaboration. Watch this short film from the University of Surrey on developing team resilience. This is especially relevant if you are the leader of a team, but is also useful for other team members to understand.

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If you are a team leader – what steps could you take to implement some of the advice from the film? If you are another team member – how might you encourage your manager to take on board the changes required?