As our Building a Resilient Workforce Week, in association with Aon, draws to a close, it is time to reflect on some of the trends and issues currently shaping employers’ strategies in this area.
The issue of resilience has slowly been climbing its way up employers’ agendas since the beginning of the pandemic, with an increasing number of organisations recognising that employees need to feel supported and prepared for any setbacks they may face.
Training courses, particularly for line managers, can be an effective way of helping boost resilience among the workforce. After all, if managers are adequately equipped then they can be a good source of support for staff. But training alone is not enough.
Offering help in the form of related employee benefits can be helpful, especially if it focuses on key areas such as physical, mental, social and financial wellbeing. Flexibility is key too, as the way people work and their individual needs differ. This is where open and honest communication plays a vital role.
Employers would also do well to remember that while building resilience can help avoid employee burnout, it will not stop it happening altogether. After all, resilience is not a synonym for stamina.
By building a resilient workforce, and building a workplace culture that supports resilience, organisations themselves will be able to respond to any challenge or opportunity that presents itself.
Whatever stage you are at and however you support staff at your organisation, Building a Resilient Workforce Week was designed to help take this to the next level through exclusive insights and opinions uncovering best practice in this area. These included:
- How can employers create resilience in the current climate?
- Liberty Global builds resilience through employee wellbeing initiatives
- Professor Sir Cary Cooper: A strong sense of purpose can build resilient organisations
- Avneet Kaur: A roadmap to success: The key factors to building a resilient workforce
- Proactive steps to help employees strengthen their mental wellbeing
- Kinetic uses mental health resources to build resilience through the pandemic
- Louise Aston: The pandemic has taught us to adapt to new ways of working
- What makes a resilient workplace culture thrive?
- Havas Group UK helps boost resilience with coaching and Whinge Wednesdays
- Sophie Sinclair: Personal resilience is a critical factor for organisational success
- Mental health resilience in numbers