In the middle of a pandemic, no one needs to be reminded that adversity is something we all face regularly (sorry!). Arguably, these past 8 months we’ve endured more adversity than ever before in our careers.
This has culminated in a ‘stress epidemic’, resulting in higher rates of burnout, anxiety, and depression in the workforce.
And while going through hardships can often result in increased resilience over time, it can also have adverse effects, leading to significant costs for organizations.
It’s because of this that building resilience is now more important than ever. And thankfully, the path to resilience can come before adversity, with proactive workplace training.
Here are 5 key reasons why organizations should explore building workforce resilience:
1. It Builds Employee Wellbeing
Stress is unavoidable in our work life. Resilience can curb negative effects of stress and help by reframing how we perceive it. Employees experiencing muted effects of stress are more likely to be healthy and happy, improving the quality of their work, customer satisfaction, and ultimately company profitability.
2. It Improves Adaptability
The pandemic work environment that’s forced us into working from home, adopting new technology, virtual meetings, and lengthening our workday, requires us to be highly adaptable. Resilience gives us a proactive way to approach navigating the constant change in our work life.
3. It Helps with Employee Engagement
Workplace mental health programs today are centered around Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs). These programs are low on awareness and engagement, where they’re utilized by just 10% of the employee population. Resilience training gets up to 5x engagement of these programs, and helps build awareness, efficacy, and engagement of total organizational mental wellbeing efforts.
Strained interpersonal relationships are a leading contributor of stress in the workplace. Resilience helps bring accountability and understanding of our personal behaviors, an improved ability to manage our stress response, and a better way to empathize with colleagues when emotions are volatile, which ultimately helps us be good team players.
5. It Promotes Loyalty
More than any other generation before, employees today want need to feel valued by their employers. Any one of the best ways to demonstrate this is to a) offer them training for self-improvement, and b) offer resources to manage their mental health and well-being, showing them that their company cares about their health and safety.
So, these are just a few reasons why resilience is now considered an essential part of business and is being integrated within workplace culture.