Hard Times Are Coming. Here’s How to Build Your Company’s Resilience to Endure Them

Survivorship bias in science: is individual resilience the most important quality of a good scientist?

A damning piece was published in The Guardian claiming that 40 percent of academics are considering leaving their position due to the stress and strain of the academic career path. We’ve spent a considerable amount of time in this column talking about the leaky pipeline in academic science but rarely do we discuss those who have “made it”, and call it quits after doing so. This seems to indicate that the academic environment is retaining even fewer people in the long run and leaves one to wonder what factors are driving them away. It is clear from the article that academics are under stress and many are leaving, but why they leave and who ends up remaining have substantial implications for moving forward in how we educate and train scientists…


Hard Times Are Coming. Here’s How to Build Your Company’s Resilience to Endure Them

workplace resilience
Managers can role-model resilience to help staff members find their own strengths and stand tall in the face of adversity.

It’s time to retire the saying “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.” That’s because when hard times hit, what you’ll need more than anything from your staff (and yourself) is resilience.

Necessary to counter workplace stress, resilience is all about bouncing back and learning from mistakes. According to the American Psychiatric Association Foundation’s Center for Workplace Mental Health, workplace stress causes 120,000 deaths and about $190 billion in health care costs annually. Stress contributes to everything from an increase in chronic depression to a reduction in immune system functioning. “Resilience,” says Robert Goldberg, founder and managing partner of Greensboro, N.C.-based consulting firm Organization Insight, “is like a force field.”

“If a group learns it can withstand pressures, failures, and setbacks, it can rally together under enormous strain,” says Goldberg. ”On the other hand, we’ve seen countless times where a lack of resilience leads to self-victimization, fracturing of relationships, and half-hearted efforts.”

According to Goldberg, resilience is most important in workplaces “where there is external pressure beyond the norm, where there is a lot of disruption amid an uncertain future—in short, in most organizations today.”…


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