By Oxford Dictionary’s definition, resilience is ‘the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties’. The benefits of being resilient are endless. Resilient staff cope better with the demands and stresses of a modern workplace, such as difficult people, tight deadlines and hefty workloads.

Although resilience is not something you are either born with or without, we can all develop resilience through learning new habits and developing strategies.

Here are four tips to help you become more resilient at work:

Make connections and build relationships.

Good relationships with family, friends and work colleagues are important. Resilient people will reach out and ask for help without feeling inadequate or intimidated. Accepting help and support from a strong network strengthens your resilience.

Use setbacks as learning experiences.

Highly resilient people are open to trying new things and will view the occasional failure as an essential stage in the process of achieving final success. It has been noted throughout history that successful men and women all face setbacks but it’s how they persistently overcome those setbacks which inevitably makes them successful.

In the words of Winston Churchill, “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm”.

You can’t change the fact that highly stressful situations happen, however, if a problem occurs during your day, use it as a learning experience to develop and practice new skills and be aware of how you respond to the problem. Being emotionally intelligent and aware of your emotions will help you to manage them more appropriately.

Practice realistic optimism.

An optimistic outlook enables you to expect that good things will happen in your life. Being a realistic optimist encourages self-control and control over interpersonal relationships. Try visualising what you want, and creating action plans on how you’re going to achieve it, rather than worrying about what you fear. Thinking positive and having confidence in your abilities helps build resilience.

Take care of yourself. 

Pay attention to your own needs and feelings. Engage in activities that you enjoy and find relaxing. Exercise regularly. Taking care of yourself helps to keep your mind and body primed to deal with situations that require resilience.

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Due to the considerable growth Roundhouse Thinking has achieved since its launch in 2014, we have appointed another Commercial Sales Executive.

Welcome, Jit - who has joined the team with over six years’ experience in Learning and Development, working within a blue-chip organisation. Jit explained ‘I am passionate about L&D and look forward to engaging with new and existing clients and associates. I look forward to helping clients understand how investing in the right training can improve an organisation’.

‘I am also really keen to bring forward new ideas to make learning more fun and engaging and on the go’, he adds.

Being responsive and reactive to employers needs is something we strive for at Roundhouse Thinking and is the reason behind our investment in new staff and courses. 

On Friday 19th January 2018, we hosted a taster day for some of the clients we work closely with to showcase our new courses developed and delivered by Paul Callum.  

Paul is a recently retired Senior Investigating officer for Derbyshire Constabulary. With 30 years in the force, he specialised in murder, modern slavery and organised crime and was appointed Senior Investigator in the Philpott case. As a senior leader for 250 staff, he also managed several change projects including austerity and the reduction of staff.

Since leaving the force, Paul has championed the Modern Slavery Act and human trafficking agenda, working with several organisations to deliver courses, whilst developing his own business.


About HR Investigations and Interview Skills course

The Investigative Interview and Investigation Skills for HR staff course aims to develop the skills and knowledge within HR teams and provide a detailed understanding of how to initiate and develop an investigation.

Delegates learn how to obtain the best information through a structured approach to interviewing people, including both complainant, person under investigation and a range of other HR functions including recruitment.


Taster day

The taster day began with an introduction to Paul, who detailed his experience as a senior investigator in the force.

The day then featured an overview of HR Investigation and Interview Skills, Managing Allegations and Modern Slavery training, followed by a taster session on interview skills. Paul outlined the methods and models taught during his courses and the relevance to industry.

Paul showcased the bespoke nature of his courses. He expressed to delegates that “all courses will cover self-evaluation and reflective learning cycles, personal development plans, action plans for your company in liaison with you so that the courses are bespoke to your company and specific to the role that your staff have to fulfil”. He went on to say “scenarios will be made to your requirements to ensure that they are relevant to your staff and your company”. A great way to apply the situations you experience regularly at work, in a learning environment and understand how to deal with these situations in the future.



We received some fantastic feedback and look forward to welcoming more clients at Roundhouse Thinking for HR Investigations and Interview Skills, Managing Allegations and Modern Slavery training.

If you would like to know more about the HR Investigations and Interview Skills course, click here.

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