As a leader or manager, you're constantly facing challenges. So why is it that during these challenges, some employees thrive while others lose their ability to cope?
Research shows that this is due to resilience.
Meet your future employee Brian. He has the ability to see the positive aspects in any seemingly negative or challenging situation.
Even with looming deadlines, unexpected events or difficult customers he seems to thrive under pressure. Brian believes that he can learn from his mistakes and there's nothing he can't handle.
And then there's Steve. While Brian seems to bounce back from set-backs, these same events seem to trigger negative thinking in Steve which start to affect his physical and mental health.
He admires Brian and wishes he could be as cool and calm as he is.
Then Steve finds out the good news. While Brian is naturally more resilient than Steve the evidence shows that resilience is not something that some lucky people are simply born with or without. It can be taught and once it's learned it's there to stay.
Now he can be as resilient as Brian in both his personal challenges as well as any stressful situations at work.
So why is resilience important in your business?
Work-related stress has been linked with high levels of:
- unplanned absences including sick leave
- staff turnover
- withdrawal and presenteeism
- poor work and poor product quality
And over time poorly managed work-related stress can also lead to depression and anxiety.
The World Health Organisation predicts that by the year 2020, depression will emerge as one of the leading causes of disability, globally. This has the potential to significantly impact your business.
So, what can you do?
Teaching your employees resilience can help develop new ways of thinking about challenges and give them better coping strategies.
At PeopleSense, we've created an outcome based resilience workshop which has demonstrated sustainable improvements in measured resilience, and reductions in levels of distress (depression, anxiety and stress).
After completing the workshop they'll know why resilience is important, how to turn stress in to a positive, and that they can be just as resilient as that co-worker that they admire.
As a leader or manager, you can help build resilience in your employees before the first signs of stress are noticed. Being prepared can often prevent a situation deteriorating and an employee developing a mental health issue or psychological injury.
Resilience is not a superhuman quality. We all have the ability to be resilient.
So, in challenging times, would you prefer your employees to be like Brian? Or like Steve?
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