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10 July 2019

We came across an article called 'Can Online Tools Help Employees Build Resilience?' written by Allison Williams, Acacia Parks & Ashley Whillans. 

This article touches on a few important points that we would love to share with you as we have been focusing on building resilience internally as a team over the last few months. The following are some extracts from that article:

"You have had a tough day at work. Your presentation did not go well; your boss harshly critiqued your performance; a colleague was promoted to a position you had hoped to fill; and, on top of it all, some of your coworkers planned to go out after work and you were not invited.

Anyone would feel lousy at the end of this day. But what helps you learn from these experiences and get back to business tomorrow is resilience. Resilience, the ability to adapt and recover from personal and professional setbacks, is increasingly recognized as a key driver of job performance. For those who lack resilience, a bad day can seriously throw them off their game, lowering their sense of worth, attitude toward their job and work performance.

Resilience is a critical ingredient of workplace success

Resilience is especially important for employees who suffer from anxiety and depression, where daily stressors can make their condition worse. Given that anxiety disorders are estimated to affect 15.7 million people annually and over 20% of U.S. employees report experiencing depressive symptomsimproving employee resilience is a business imperative.

Research indicates that employers lose around 32 days annually due to reduced productivity for every depressed employee, which may cost employers as much as $44 billion annually. To put this in perspective, an employer with 1,000 employees might have as many as 200 employees with depression and a combined 6,400 lost days of productivity each year. It is no wonder, then, that in one survey of 487 employers, 75% reported that “stress” was their number one workplace health concern.

This is where resilience training comes in. While it is often successful, it can be time consuming. Resilience training, which teaches people how cope with and recover from adversity, decreases depression and anxiety and effectively improves employees’ workplace performance, well-being and social functioning. Resilience training can also positively impact physical health outcomes tied to the stress hormone cortisol, such as heart rate, blood pressure, and cholesterol."

Over the past couple of months, our team have been attending Resilience Training Workshops which teaches people how to cope with and recover from adversity, decreases depression and anxiety and effectively improves employees’ workplace performance, well-being and social functioning.

Investing in employee’s well being is hugely important to us and we think it’s something you should consider for your team, if you haven’t already. If you would like any ideas or suggestions around how you could begin to implement this sort of training for your team, we would be happy to point you in the right direction. 

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