Do we really know how to be resilient? Resiliency is described as the ability to recover from challenges or perceived setbacks. More familiar terms include grit, stamina, moxie, backbone, or flexibility. All these terms describe a similar characteristic: the ability to handle a negative situation in a healthy way.

Resiliency is an important part of a comprehensive workplace well-being program and it works hand-in-hand with the five drivers of employee well-being: social connectedness, job satisfaction, financial security, physical health, and emotional health.

What does resiliency mean for the workplace?
Resiliency is essential to employee well-being. A workforce with natural or developed resiliency skills have been shown to experience reduced health care costs, increased productivity and better workplace relationships.

How does an employer build resiliency?
StayWell’s approach to building workforce resiliency is based on a holistic view of individual well-being. A strong sense of well-being is the foundation upon which resiliency is built. To make this a reality, all five elements of employee well-being must work together. The long-term, end results will be a more resilient workforce. StayWell can help you build well-being and resiliency through a customized program that addresses all facets of health and well-being for your entire population.

Employer tips: behaviors that boost resiliency

  1. Practice mindfulness and self-awareness—Think about how your actions affect your co-workers
  2. Complete tasks and take time to organize at the beginning and end of each workday
  3. Take breaks—If possible, step away from your workstation every 1-2 hours
  4. Develop mental agility by responding rather than reacting
  5. Encourage compassionate co-workers—We all make mistakes, address issues directly

Employer action steps: for a more resilient workforce

  • Create a culture of belonging in your workforce
  • Encourage cohesion, through departmental accountability
  • Encourage employees to connect socially with co-workers
  • Measure employee job satisfaction and work to improve your scores over time
  • Adopt a growth mindset, which recognizes that failure isn’t permanent and, in many cases, can be a trigger for growth to happen

If building employee resiliency is a focus for your company in 2017, check out the StayWell resiliency webinar and learn how to evaluate your well-being programs resiliency building effectiveness.

In good health,
Aubrey Olson
StayWell Product Director