- resilience /ri-ZIL-yuhns/
- advocate /AD-vuh-keyt/
- capability /key-puh-BIL-i-tee/
- trait /treyt/
- thrive /thrahyv/
[noun] – the ability to be happy, successful, etc. again after something difficult or bad has happened
She has shown great resilience to stress.
[verb] – to publicly support or suggest an idea, development, or way of doing something
Do you advocate banning cars in the city center?
[noun] – the ability to do something
She has the capability to become a very fine actress.
[noun] – a particular characteristic that can produce a particular type of behavior
Your greatest character trait is your honesty.
[verb] – to grow, develop, or be successful
A business cannot thrive without investment.
Adaptability isn’t just about surviving a change when it hits you – that’s resilience. Instead, experts say, to be truly adaptable, you need to be actively prepared for change, even advocate for it, and consistently add more capabilities into your repertoire so your skillset can meet emerging needs. Workplace experts have talked about the idea of “adaptability” for a while — but in our ever-changing work world, it’s never been so relevant. In the workplace, adaptable people have the ability to confidently navigate evolving circumstances—a valuable asset as the world attempts to figure out new hybrid and remote workdays. But this trait is not just something that can make employees more effective; adaptability may also improve workers’ well-being because it can mean they’re better prepared to deal with change. As the world of work is a constantly moving target, it’s no surprise that adaptability has become the soft skill employers are searching for. A 2020 Harvard Business School survey showed that 71% of 1,500 executives from more than 90 countries said adaptability was the most important quality they looked for in a leader.
To thrive in the new workplace today – and stand out to employers – getting familiar with the idea of adaptability as well as learning how to strengthen yours can help you get ahead. As workplaces and working practices continue to evolve, honing adaptability can equip workers with the tools they need to “bounce forward” with the change.
- Are you adaptable? If so, in what situations? If not, why not?
- In what way do you show confidence? Please elaborate on your answer.
- If you were an employer, what traits would you look for in an employee?
- Do you believe that adaptability helps you thrive in the new workplace today?
- What do you think of employers who hire adaptable employees?
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