Resilience Case File: 400 year history of concept of resilience

How to build and embed resilience within your workplace

This is the last in a series of three articles that have been looking into different aspects of resilience. The first article explored the theoretical and psychological theories behind resilience, including the use of resilience scales. The second brought in organisational and individual factors to consider.

But what about practical recommendations occupational health practitioners can guide employees to? In my experience, there are many activities that can easily be introduced or revisited with employees who have stopped applying tried and tested research-based choices when their resilience becomes low. The result of this can be a downward spiral, exacerbating symptoms of low resilience and leading to further unhelpful choices of actions and behaviour.

The role of occupational health can be seen as a guide to direct people back to those healthier lifestyle choices that individuals can easily apply and resonates with their outlook in life. It is not the case of advising in a “one size fits all” scenario and not necessarily the case of suggesting that individuals make huge lifestyle changes they are unlikely to adhere to. As OH practitioners, it is about conveying a tailored practical transference of health education and advice to individually suit each employee…

Resilience Case File: 400 year history of concept of resilience

Sir Francis Bacon, “the father of the scientific method,” famously proclaimed “Knowledge is power.” Sir Francis was also first to use word resilience in 1626 when describing behaviour of sound.

We are living in the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Some changes can be easily noticed. Business disruption, caused by the technologies that underpin the revolution, are visible across all industries. Other impacts, such as a risk of social inequality, are subtler, and their effects will not be apparent for some time.

Four hundred years ago, in the middle of another transformative period now referred to as the Scientific Revolution, a simple concept called resilience appeared. Today, resilience is a significant area of interest in a range of fields, from human psychology and ecological systems, to organisational performance and natural disasters.  Understanding the evolution of the concept is the first step towards building a ’no regrets resilience strategy’, essential for both personal and societal sustainability and thriving in the face of complex disruptions and disturbances. 

The Global Resilience Collaborative’s Resilience Case Files is the first in a series of tools designed to help those seeking to define their future through resilience in the face of complex disruptions resulting from the Fourth Industrial Revolution…

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