Is resilience training worth it?
HR and Learning and Development functions have always been hailed as critical in driving an organisation’s wellbeing agenda. Businesses are recognising that they do have a certain responsibility when it comes to their employee’s health and wellbeing at work. That is why throughout the years and especially during 2020 they have tried to make significant contributions to improve and sustain employee’s wellbeing.
Despite this nearly 30% of employers have stated that although their workplace wellbeing strategy is working well, it is not achieving its full potential (Barnett Waddingham bi-annual wellbeing at work surveys). This in turn poses significant questions as to whether wellbeing strategies are being implemented correctly, whether they are focusing on the right needs of employee’s or if they are adapting a “one size fits all” approach.
With the rising concerns during the past 12 months over the wellbeing and mental health of employees, many business and leaders have been turning to resilience training. Resilience is typically characterised as the ability to “bounce back” from adversity and restore a sense of normality, following a period of intense pressure, stress, challenge or threat. At peoplewise though, we think that simply “bouncing back” from adversity is not enough. Instead, we believe that to succeed in today’s business environment, we must learn to “bounce forward” to emerge stronger and thrive in our ever-changing and complex environment, to fulfil our potential for happiness and success. This is what we call Positive Resilience.
Research has shown that individuals who demonstrate resilience, can protect themselves from the negative effects of stress and from experiencing burnout (Shatté, A., Perlman, A., Smith, B., & Lynch, W. D., 2017). Other research shows that high resilience in employees is positively related to feeling and performing better in the workplace, along with higher work happiness, job satisfaction and organisational commitment (Kašpárková, Ludmila & Vaculik, Martin & Prochazka, Jakub & Schaufeli, Wilmar, 2018; Youssef & Luthans, 2007)
So, can resilience training be one of the actions that organisations should take proactively to enhance wellbeing at work?
Simply answered, resilience-building training programmes can be effective, worthwhile and have a positive impact on employees. However, to reap the full benefits of resilience training, it should be targeted to employees needs and experience rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach. So for example, rather than a generic classroom course, employees may benefit from a personal coaching session where people get an opportunity to explore both their strengths and development areas.
Are you a leader who would like to explore your own Positive Resilience? Are you a business thinking about creating a Positive Resilience training programme? Either way, contact us to find out more about our Positive Resilience Profiler and how we can help you successfully build your Positive Resilience, so you and your organisation thrive, not just survive, and fulfil your potential for happiness and success.