Resilience in the Workplace

To succeed in an ever-changing, fast-paced business environment, organisations must be strong and resilient. Companies need to be able to embrace change and challenges, overcome barriers, and bounce back from setbacks. To do this requires resilient employees that can cope with the high levels of stress sometimes faced in tough business environments. Dealing with high levels of stress presents a challenge to most workplaces. The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work found that 22% of workers in Ireland said that they experienced stress at work “always” or “most of the time”. [1] Without managing stress, employees will be less productive as a result of absenteeism, presenteeism, poor service, and low engagement. Each year over 500,000 workers in the UK suffer from work-related stress, depression or anxiety leading to over 12 million lost work days. [2] Defining Resilience Being resilient means being able to cope effectively with challenges and change.  It’s the ability to experience stress or pain, face obstacles, manage adversity, or confront sudden change while remaining positive and optimistic. Resilience is an acquired skill that develops over time as people accumulate life experiences, perspectives, and the ability to manage themselves and their emotions.  Resilience is also a…