• Rachel Treece

2018: The year of agility

We're all going through times of change, so we thought we'd share some tips on how to be more agile this year in the workplace.

1. Increase your resilience

Deepening your personal social networks and protecting time for regular exercise are key components of building psychological resilience to stress. Regular exercise drives our cognitive abilities and generally brings more positivity into the office. Make time for the things that really matter.

Tip: Protect your lunch breaks to either connect with a friend or go for walk every day.

2. Get perspective

Find time to reflect and see the big picture. Our priorities and environments are constantly changing, so keeping an eye on your vision will help put things in perspective. This may require distancing yourself from the daily tasks, distractions and social media message alerts. It can feel overwhelming at times, but by readjusting your priorities and plans you can stay ahead.

Tip: Block an hour in your calendar every Monday morning for your "big picture" time, ideally somewhere you can focus without distractions. Ask your colleagues to respect this time.

3. Anticipate change

Though change is likely to be gradual, it is likely to affect every one of us in the next months to years. Anticipating changes that are likely to affect the way you work and how you can best prepare for it will help you adapt. It's human nature to fear the unknown and change can be unsettling. The art to being open to change is to see opportunity rather than risk. Focus on embracing the positive outcomes of change so that when the time comes you’ll be better equipped to deal with it.