As the result of decades of healthcare experience, BHSF practitioners know that life can prove a struggle at any point in time. However, with the current health crisis, the numbers of those feeling anxiety are far greater. Employers are now faced with helping their teams through a whole new set of mental health concerns; many have experienced problems for the first time and those who were already struggling are finding things even harder.
Navigating through these challenges requires tailored support and specialist skills, plus the concept of resilience needs to be more than a pandemic buzzword if we want to build better workplaces.
Personal resilience refers to how effectively you handle difficult experiences in your life. It is often described as the ability to ‘bounce back’ and comfortably carry on in the midst of adversity. It also involves being able to effectively regulate your thoughts and emotions, as well as perceiving challenging situations as an opportunity, not a personal threat. Some of us are naturally more resilient than others and how seriously we react to a specific stress can depend on what else we are facing along with the support and coping skills that we can readily draw upon.
There will always be a percentage of the population who have a genetic predisposition to anxiety and poor mental health. But the last year has naturally created multiple external stressors. These added burdens have had a seismic exogenous impact on our ability to cope.
Why it matters
With a resilient workforce, employees handle work stress better and can develop protective factors against it. There are other benefits too:
- Resilience is associated with greater job satisfaction, work happiness, organisational commitment, and employee engagement
- raising resilience contributes to improved self-esteem, sense of control over life events, sense of purpose in life and improved employee interpersonal relationships
- employers reap