50% believe low resilience levels impact workplace performance

Half (50%) of respondents believe low levels of resilience have a negative impact on workplace performance, according to research by Axa PPP Healthcare.

Its survey of 2,000 UK adults also found that 56% of respondents believe that motivation is likely to be adversely affected by a low level of resilience.

The research also found:

  • 62% of respondents want to be more resilient.
  • 20% of respondents believe that being more resilient would help them at work, 29% think it would help in their day-to-day lives and relationships, and 20% want to be more resilient because they fear for the future.
  • 51% believe that a low level of resilience can adversely affect their response to change.
  • 42% of respondents rate the UK population’s general level of resilience as low, compared to 15% who rank the UK population’s resilience level as high.

Dr Mark Winwood (pictured), director of psychological services at Axa PPP Healthcare, said: “Helping employees to bolster their resilience is a smart move. It can give them inner strength and confidence to deal successfully with the constant challenges and changes of modern working life. Better still, it’s not rocket science and the behaviours and ‘can do’ attitude that are needed are well understood and, for those who are willing to make the effort, quite readily achievable.

“It just takes time and practice, for example, taking time to reflect and focus on priorities in [an employee’s] home and working life can help to ensure a satisfactory work-life balance and, in turn, equip [employees] with a powerful psychological reservoir [to] draw upon to enable [them] to bend rather than break when confronted by adversity.”