Resilience can be defined as ‘an ability to rebound from adversity and overcome difficult circumstances in one’s life’. People working in the care sector often function in an environment that is highly stressful and demanding physically, emotionally as well as mentally.
Resilience can increase through life experience, one’s social network and training, however some people seem to naturally be more equipped to overcome difficult situations.
Which traits are linked with resilience?
There is robust evidence indicating a link between resilience and the Big5 personality traits, the framework on which the Care Advantage assessments are built.
While all 5 traits have been linked to resilience, the three most significant linkages are: Stable (Neuroticism), Extroversion and Conscientiousness.
Across all 5 traits, these links appear logical, for example:
Being able to identify job applicants who are naturally better able to cope when times get tough is a great first step in ensuring your workforce has the required resilience for the job. Add to that specific training and an organisation-wide support network and you're setting your staff up for success in stressful times.
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